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Police Enter Booby-Trapped Home of Movie Theatre Shooting Suspect

Federal authorities had to dismantle booby-traps in order to enter the apartment of James Holmes, the man accused of shooting dead 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.


Explosives experts have deactivated at least one device inside the home of James Holmes, the man accused of carrying out a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

According to the Denver Post, police were unable to enter the third-floor apartment yesterday because of fears that it was booby-trapped with trip wires and explosives.

"We have been successful in defeating our first threat," police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson told reporters. "This is some serious stuff they're dealing with."

There are thought to be other devices inside the apartment, which technicians may have to detonate in a controlled explosion. That risks destroying valuable evidence, however, Carlson said.

Police were able to photograph the interior using a camera attached to a pole and inserted through a window. The pictures revealed "trip wires, jars full of liquid and things resembling mortar rounds," according to the Post.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters that he had never seen anything like it, according to CBS News.

Holmes, 24, was taken into custody in a parking lot behind the movie theater where he allegedly shot 70 people, at least 12 of them fatally, early Friday morning.

He warned police that his apartment contained explosives, but since then is said to have stopped cooperating with authorities. He also reportedly calls himself "the Joker."

Former classmates and neighbors told NBC News they remembered Holmes as a quiet, intelligent and unassuming person.

Police have refused to comment on any possible motive. They say that, in the past 60 days, Holmes had purchased four guns and more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition, Reuters reported.

Holmes is due to appear in court on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, several hundred people held a candlelit vigil last night opposite the scene of the shooting, according to the Denver Post.


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