At Least 12 People Killed, 59 Injured at Colo. Batman Showing


AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado firefighters say they're monitoring an apartment building for gases in an effort to determine what chemicals one of its residents might have used to booby trap the place, in case they go off.

The man, 24-year-old James Holmes, is the suspect in a mass shooting early Friday at a movie theater about four miles away.

Aurora Fire Chief Chris Henderson says "it's a pretty extensive booby trap" and investigators aren't sure what it's attached to. He says there are trip wires and three containers and they don't know what's inside.

Henderson says if there is a detonation that causes a fire, firefighters will fight it from the outside of the building.

Surrounding buildings have been evacuated.

The U.S. Department of Defense says three members of the U.S. Armed Forces were wounded in a movie theater shooting in Colorado and one is unaccounted for.

The agency says a Navy sailor was injured and one sailor who was at the theater early Friday morning in Aurora can't be located. Two Air Force airmen were also wounded.

Both branches of the military are working with the families of the service members to make sure they're cared for.

The Defense Department also says the suspect, James Holmes, is not a past or current member of any branch or component of the Armed Forces.

Police have evacuated two research buildings at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where the suspect in the Colorado shootings was a graduate student.

University of Colorado-Denver Police Chief Doug Abraham sent a campus-wide email Friday ordering all non-essential personnel to leave the campus or stay home.

Abraham says it's a precaution and there is no reason to believe staff or students are at risk. The evacuation order is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.

James Holmes has been identified as the suspected shooter at a nearby movie theater Friday in Aurora. Until recently, he studied neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school.

Abraham says Holmes' building access was terminated in June and that he was in the process of completing withdrawal paperwork.

The suspect in a shooting that killed or wounded 71 people in suburban Denver is reportedly not talking to investigators.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that 24-year-old James Holmes has asked for a lawyer.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing case.

The person also says police found jars of chemicals in Holmes' booby trapped Aurora apartment with wires nearby.

A sports blogger who recently wrote of surviving a Toronto shooting was among those killed in the deadly rampage in suburban Denver.

The brother of Jessica Ghawi, who was known as Jessica Redfield, tells The Associated Press that his sister was shot during the midnight showing of the Batman movie.

Jordan Ghawi says her death is "complete and utter shock."

Colorado police: 71 people shot in movie theater, 12 killed; 10 bodies still in theater.

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New York City's police commissioner says the gunman in the Colorado movie theater rampage had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker -- the villain from the Batman movies.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday that he had been briefed about the shootings that killed 12 and wounded nearly 60 others at a showing of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" at a suburban Denver theater.

Kelly and his spokesman did not say who briefed him.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates would not confirm the information about suspected gunman James Holmes, but confirmed he had spoken to Kelly. The two used to work together in New York.

11:52 a.m.:

AP Source: Suspect in Colo. shootings had 4 guns

The suspect in the deadly shootings in Colorado had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols.

A federal law enforcement official says the suspect, identified by other federal law enforcement officials as James Holmes, also used a gas canister in the attack in a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

Officials believe Holmes, who was wearing a gas mask during the attack, killed a dozen people when he open fired in the crowded theater.

Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with other local, state and federal law enforcement officials, are investigating the overnight attack.

The California family of the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater says their hearts go out to those involved.

Police in San Diego read a statement Friday morning from family members of 24-year-old James Holmes, who graduated from high school in the San Diego area.

The family asked the media to respect their privacy. They say they're cooperating with authorities in San Diego and Aurora, Colo., and are trying to process everything.

San Diego police spokeswoman Andra Brown says there's nothing to suggest the family had any involvement.

A spokeswoman for the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver says Holmes was a student there until last month but didn't know why he withdrew.

UPDATE - 9:35 a.m.:

At least 12 people were killed and 59 were injured after a shooting at a midnight showing of Batman, the youngest a 3-month-old baby.

Twelve people were taken to the Medical Center of Aurora with gunshot wounds and ranged from minor to critical condition. Three were treated for chemical exposure, most likely from tear gas. They ranged in age from 16 to 31.

Denver Health had seven victims -- one in critical and the rest in fair condition.

The University of Colorado hospital was treating 21 people, including the baby, for gunshot wounds. The oldest is 45.

A 6-year-old was being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado, where a total of six victims ranging were taken. The oldest patient there is 31. Their condition wasn't known. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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