Police Disarm 'The Dark Knight Rises' Shooter's Complex Apartment Explosivesby: Posted:
Aurora, Colo. police this afternoon announced that they've finished disarming the explosive booby traps left behind in the home of 24-year-old "The Dark Knight Rises" rampage gunman James E. Holmes, TMZ reports.
"Make no mistake, this apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it," said Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates.
After disabling the second triggering device via controlled detonation, a spokesperson said, "Although not certain, we are hopeful we've eliminated the remaining major threats."
Holmes was apprehended Friday morning between 12:30 and 1 a.m. in the parking lot of an Aurora movie theater, armed and wearing full tactical gear less than 30 minutes after he'd stormed a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on a shooting spree that ultimately killed 12 peopled and injured another 58. Once in custody, Holmes informed police that he'd rigged his nearby apartment with explosives. Police recovered a reported 30 explosives devices inside the apartment and another 30 aerial shells.
Police statements claim that the sophisticated explosive gauntlet was most likely intended to kill police and other emergency personnel who might have entered. Officers then evacuated the building and surrounding four blocks early Friday shortly after Holmes' arrest and by 6 PM, had removed the 850 square-foot apartment's explosives and hauled them away to a clear nearby field for controlled detonation, CNN reports.
Police didn't disclose where all explosive had been placed. It has been reported that several were in the living area with circuitry runnning into the kitchen, one may have been improvised napalm, and others contained materials that made a volatile mixture when combined.