Aurora Mayor Encourages Citizens To Look at Shooting as ‘Isolated Incident’ [PHOTOS]

July 20, 2012 3:10 pm
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More information is coming out about the deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left at least 12 people dead and 59 injured.

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At a press conference held by Aurora police today, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper spoke to the nation. “Our hearts are broken as we think about the family and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy,” he said. But he added, “This is a safe city and a safe state and a safe country.”

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan joined in, encouraging parents to comfort their kids and to “let them know that this is an isolated incident.” “We’ve taken a blow today,” he said, “but we will get back on our feet and we will move ahead.”

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Also in attendance at the press conference were Police Chief Dan Oates, District Attorney Carol Chambers and Special Agent in Charge of the Denver FBI Jim Yacone.

Yacone made a point to say that people should not look at this incident as a terrorist plot, at least for now. “I want to emphasize at this point we do not see a nexus to terrorism,” he said.

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Oates confirmed James Eagen Holmes, 24, as the main suspect. He said, “We are not looking for any other suspects. We are confident that he acted alone.”

The actual time of the incident, originally reported as around 12:30 a.m., has been narrowed down to exactly 12:39 a.m. According to Oates, within roughly one to one and a half minutes after the first 911 calls came through, police were on the scene and the suspect was apprehended.

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Holmes apparently did not put up a fight. “He surrendered without any significant incident to our officers,” said Oates.

Three weapons were found on the scene—an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun. Police say they have reason to believe all three of the guns were fired in the theater. An additional gun was found in Holmes’ car though police can not confirm whether or not it was used in the shooting.

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According to Oates, Holmes entered the theater dressed in all black and wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector, a groin protector and a gas mask.

“As part of this assault, Mr. Holmes set off two devices to distract the crowd,” said Oates. Previous reports such as NBC News, have described one of the devices as a tear gas canister.

Chemical elements were also found in Holmes’ apartment according to Oates, who described the apartment as “booby trapped” with various wires and chemical devices. “It’s not something I’ve ever seen before,” said Oates.

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Mayor Hogan encouraged parents to comfort their kids and to “let them know that this is an isolated incidence.” “We’ve taken a blow today,” he said, “but we will get back on our feet and we will move ahead.”

Prior to his arrest at the scene of the shooting, Oates said that Holmes had only one previous encounter with police: a traffic summons that he received for speeding in October 2011.


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