The day after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater killed 12 and injured 58 others, the investigation continues Saturday as authorities try to enter the suspect’s booby-trapped apartment and family members receive word of their relatives’ fates.
Aurora, Colo., has been reeling in the aftermath of the shooting at the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” in which police say 24-year-old James E. Holmes opened fire in the crowded multiplex theater, dressed in black and wearing bullet-resistant gear.
In a news conference Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper called the incident “an act that defies description” but said the response – including the work of police and medical teams – had been “unbelievable.”
“I’m not saying it was all perfect,” Hickenlooper said, “but as the story is told, it will be remarkable.”
But Saturday, much of the story is left to unfold.
Investigators held back from entering Holmes’ apartment Friday, which authorities described as booby-trapped and filled with suspicious materials, including bottles of mysterious liquids.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said officials were trying to solve the “very vexing problem” of how to get inside, hopefully sometime Saturday. He said five apartment buildings, including Holmes’, had been evacuated; residents were invited to spend Friday night at a shelter set up at a high school.