AURORA, COLORADO—In a recent news brief Aurora Police Chief, Dan
Oates, stated that he and his colleagues are “sure as hell angry” regarding the
recent shooting at a movie theater in Colorado that wounded 59 and killed 12,
and the intent to injure others with booby traps found in the suspect's
Over the last
twenty-four hours, bomb specialists have been carefully disarming improvised
explosive devises. FBI bomb specialist
James Yacone stated that the FBI “rarely deals with threats this complex,” and
that inside the apartment was an “extremely dangerous environment.”
Yacone further stated that that “the threat
has not been completely eliminated,” but “significantly reduced.” The process to disarm the improvised
explosive devises found in the apartment was very complicated and involved the
use of a robot to make first entry and disarm the booby-trapped door, stated
Yacone. In addition to the
multiple improvised explosive devises were containers with accelerants and
triggers “designed to kill whoever entered it” stated Oates.
suspect possessed full body armor, several guns and thousands of rounds of
“The suspect had a high volume of deliveries to his work and home address in the last four months,” stated Oates, leading to “evidence of calculation and deliberation. Additionally, the ammo and weapons the suspect purchased were all purchased legally, stated Oates. The FBI continues to collect evidence within the suspect’s apartment.
Notable of the
incident was the effort of the first responders. “The first responders went above and
beyond,” stated Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper also commended the first responders and
went on to state that the incident was isolated. The “unspeakably troubled individual” has caused “lifetimes
of recovery for the victims,” stated Hickenlooper. In response to this tragedy,
Givingfirst.org has set up a charity fund to help pay for victims medical bills
and “give people a fair shot at rebuilding their lives,” stated Hickenlooper.
Towards the end of the news conference, the Aurora Fire Department Chief, Mike Garcia, encouraged people to “go out and see a movie, don’t be afraid.” However, many in Colorado still can’t help but be hesitant to see a movie at the theaters with such a astonishing tragedy in the back of their minds.
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