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Theater shooting suspect sent some deliveries to Colorado campus

July 22, 2012|By Kim Murphy
  • Gander Mountain is one of the retail shops where shooting suspect James E. Holmes, 24, purchased weapons.
Gander Mountain is one of the retail shops where shooting suspect James… (Joshua Lott / Getty Images )

Authorities at the University of Colorado in Denver said Sunday they are cooperating with police to determine how the man accused of shooting dozens of patrons at an Aurora movie theater engineered deliveries of ammunition and explosive materials, some of them apparently to the campus.

Campus officials said they will attempt to help the police determine how any deliveries occurred and whether the alleged gunman, James Holmes, used his position as a graduate student to arrange deliveries. The materials allegedly were used in the shootings and in the booby trapping of Holmes' apartment.

“Yesterday, the chief of police shared at his news conference that packages may have been delivered at [the suspect’s] work and home. We’re the work, so we’re looking into it,” university spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery told the Los Angeles Times.

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“I don’t know what they’re looking for. The police know what they’re looking for. All I can say is, we’re looking into the possibility of packages being delivered to the university as part of our full cooperation with the police investigation,” she said.

She emphasized that the university had opened no independent inquiry.

In a news conference Saturday, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said Holmes is believed to have ordered up to 6,000 rounds of ammunition, as well as several gun magazines, over the Internet.

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“We've become aware that he had a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home address. We think this explains how he got his hands on the magazine, ammunition,” the police chief said. “We also think it begins to explain how he got the materials he had in his apartment…. What we're seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation.”


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