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From [HERE] and [HERE] Deliveries received by the man accused of committing a movie house massacre at a Denver-area premiere of the new "Batman" film suggest months of "calculation and deliberation" leading up to the shooting rampage that killed 12 people, police said on Saturday.
Cops have begun gathering evidence at the home of the Colorado shooting suspect — after spending hours disarming several “sophisticated” explosives that could have killed whomever tried to enter the apartment, officials said. The bomb squad has just about finished clearing major threats inside the 800-square-foot apartment, including about 30 softball-sized explosives at 1690 Paris St. in suburban Aurora. The department said it cleared all threats by 7:38 p.m.
“An extensive amount of evidence is in the process of being collected and we will bring this portion of the investigation to a close and allow families back in their home probably by tomorrow., said FBI special agent-in-charge Jim Yacone, who led the disarming efforts. “It was certainly a sophisticated device,” he added.
Aurora police Chief Dan Oates said Saturday’s investigation has revealed a great deal of premeditation on the part of accused shooter James Eagan Holmes, 24, who allegedly opened fire inside a premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” — killing 12 people and injuring another 58.
“We’ve become aware that our suspect, over the last four months, had a high-value of commercial deliveries of packages to both his home and school addresses,” Oates said. “We think that begins to explain how he got his hands on all the magazines and ammunition. It also begins to explain some of the [explosive] materials that he had in his apartment.”
Cops and firefighters on Saturady first sent in a remote-controlled robot to scope out how traps were set up in the third-floor apartment, which sits just 4 miles from the theater complex where Holmes allegedly went on a shooting rampage.
Inside, authorities found about 30 devices and another 30 aerial shells, which are to be taken by sand trucks to be burned or destroyed in a disposal area.
Bomb experts used a robot to drop a water bottle device inside the apartment and disable one trip device set up to explode once someone walked into the apartment.
“It was an extremely dangerous environment,” Yacone said. “If a neighbor or an unassuming pedestrian or first responder had walked in that door, they would have sustained significant injuries or lost their lives.”
Cops and firefighters running the operation first set off a small, controlled detonation in the apartment about 1:45 p.m.
The University of Colorado says shooting suspect James Holmes had a federal grant to study neuroscience. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said Saturday that Holmes was one of six neuroscience students at the school to get National Institutes of Health grant money. She didn't know how much money he got. The NIH says the university decides who gets the grants. Criteria for receiving the grant weren't immediately clear. [MORE]