As I feared, the news out of Aurora, CO — where 12 people were killed and 59 others were injured in a mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises last night/this morning — continues to get worse and scarier. The gunman, James Holmes, armed himself with 4 weapons and numerous gas and/or explosive devices for his siege on the movie theater but FBI agents are now revealing that the gunman’s home is filled with more explosives. Apparently, his apartment has been booby-trapped and it could take some time for the area to be secured. Wow.
Aurora police and FBI officials told Denver NBC affiliate 9News Friday morning that the suspect in the early Friday morning movie theater mass shooting has “booby-trapped” his apartment with a sophisticated set up of flammable devices that could take authorities days to disarm. “It’s pretty sophisticated the way it’s booby trapped,” Aurora’s police chief Dan Oates told 9News. “We could be here for hours, we could be here for days.” Five buildings around the apartment of suspect James Holmes, 24, have been evacuated while authorities try to enter. The fire department is standing by. Holmes was a Phd student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Denver, according to university spokesman Dan Meyers. He was in the process of withdrawing from the school, Meyers said, and attended class at the medical school campus. The AP reports that Holmes had an assault rifle, shotgun, and two pistols.
It’s very clear that this attack was well thought out and carefully planned. In the coming hours, days and weeks, this story could change dramatically and more horrors could be uncovered. It will be difficult but the healing process must get underway for the victims of this senseless and barbaric act. Everyone from the president to local authorities to the movie studio have released messages of sorrow and condolences … I am a huge believer in positive thought and I honestly believe that if we keep the people affected by this tragedy in our best thoughts, with our best wishes and prayers than hopefully their suffering can be quelled a bit. I suspect we will be hearing about this massacre for many days to come. It is truly a horror that one evil and truly insane person like this can affect the lives and well-being of so many people. Let’s take care of one another as best we can.