US shooting: Booby-trap 'sophisticated'

2012-07-20 18:45

Aurora - A US gunman, identified as James Holmes, who was arrested for a shooting spree at a showing of the latest Batman movie had booby-trapped his apartment with a "very sophisticated" device, police told local media on Friday.

Following an attack that left at least 12 moviegoers dead, Denver TV networks and newspapers quoted the chief of police in the town of Aurora as saying the residence was rigged with "inflammable or explosive items".

Live television images from outside the suspect's apartment showed police perched on a crane peering into a third-floor window of the building.

"We could be here for days," Aurora police chief Dan Oates told the Denver Post.

According to the newspaper, residents of the apartment complex, which is reserved for students, faculty and staff of the medical school at the University of Colorado, and nearby buildings have been evacuated.

Local television stations identified the suspect as James Holmes, 24, and the Post said he was originally from San Diego, California.

The defence department says Holmes never served in the army.

Holmes is in police custody, and the FBI says there is no indication the incident is tied to any terrorist groups.

  • rynventer - 2012-07-20 19:08

    Next time put your phones on silent.

      vermeulenwa - 2012-07-20 19:21

      Too soon buddy, people died.

  • geronimo.feather - 2012-07-20 19:24

    Colorado state has the death sentence. Execute him for his heinous crime.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-20 20:17

    He deserves the electric chair, and they shouldn't bother wetting the sponge

  • sadiemy - 2012-07-20 20:21

    So was he a medical student or lecturer?

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-20 20:59

      Neither. "He was a student in the University of Colorado Denver graduate programme in neuroscience" You can find the timeline and more details here

  • modiri.molosiwa - 2012-07-20 20:47

    kill him.

  • stefan.vanderwesthuizen.167 - 2012-07-21 02:06

    Dont kill him! Keep him alive to suffer for years!

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-07-21 06:17

    al qaida ,linked??

  • cyberdog.breath - 2012-07-21 10:19

    Send him to South Africa, he will be right at home here. Always space for a few more criminals.

      cayowin.vanderbadt.1 - 2012-07-23 09:02

      He is not an ANC member or an ex-dictator, so getting a red carpet wecome may be hard. However I do hear our prison sysems have excellent medical parol facilities, he could come here and be out in 8 to 10 headaches.

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