Police: Colo. shooting suspect bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition

  • Emergency crews, including a bomb squad unit, surround the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora , Colo. The "water shot" is exploded and used to disrupt the device. Authorities reported that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at a movie theatre midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross)Emergency crews, including a bomb squad unit, surround the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora , Colo. The "water shot" is exploded and used to disrupt the device. Authorities reported that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at a movie theatre midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross)
  • People gather early morning July 20, 2012, outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting in which 14 people were killed and 50 others were injured. Police said a gunman appeared at the front of the theater where the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" was playing and opened fire. (Associated Press/The Denver Post)People gather early morning July 20, 2012, outside the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting in which 14 people were killed and 50 others were injured. Police said a gunman appeared at the front of the theater where the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" was playing and opened fire. (Associated Press/The Denver Post)
  • A police officer talks on his radio July 20, 2012, outside of the Century 16 theater at Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., where at least 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the theater. (Associated Press)A police officer talks on his radio July 20, 2012, outside of the Century 16 theater at Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., where at least 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting at the theater. (Associated Press)
  • This photo provided by the University of Colorado shows James Holmes. A university spokeswoman said Holmes, the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. (Associated Press/University of Colorado)This photo provided by the University of Colorado shows James Holmes. A university spokeswoman said Holmes, the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. (Associated Press/University of Colorado)
  • Police use a video camera July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., to look inside an apartment of the suspect in a shooting at a movie theater. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora earlier that morning during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (Associated Press)Police use a video camera July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., to look inside an apartment of the suspect in a shooting at a movie theater. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora earlier that morning during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (Associated Press)
  • Shamecca Davis hugs her son, Isaiah Bow, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. Bow, who was an eyewitness, left the theater during the shooting but went back in to find his girlfriend. "I didn't want to leave her in there. But she's OK now," Bow said. (Associated Press)Shamecca Davis hugs her son, Isaiah Bow, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. Bow, who was an eyewitness, left the theater during the shooting but went back in to find his girlfriend. "I didn't want to leave her in there. But she's OK now," Bow said. (Associated Press)
  • Judy Goos hugs her daughter's friend, Isaiah Bow, 20, while eyewitnesses Emma Goos (left), 19, and Terrell Wallin, 20, gather July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witnesses were brought for questioning after a gunman fired into a crowded movie theater, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)Judy Goos hugs her daughter's friend, Isaiah Bow, 20, while eyewitnesses Emma Goos (left), 19, and Terrell Wallin, 20, gather July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witnesses were brought for questioning after a gunman fired into a crowded movie theater, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)
  • Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interviewed July 20, 2012, by police outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a shooting at a movie theater. (Associated Press)Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interviewed July 20, 2012, by police outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a shooting at a movie theater. (Associated Press)
  • A small group prays July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning in regard to a gunman's rampage at a movie theater that left 12 dead and at least 50 others injured. (Associated Press)A small group prays July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning in regard to a gunman's rampage at a movie theater that left 12 dead and at least 50 others injured. (Associated Press)
  • A bomb disposal vehicle arrives July 21, 2012, near the Aurora , Colo., apartment of  James Holmes, the alleged gunman in an assault at a movie theater that left 12 dead and more than three dozen people injured. (Associated Press)A bomb disposal vehicle arrives July 21, 2012, near the Aurora , Colo., apartment of James Holmes, the alleged gunman in an assault at a movie theater that left 12 dead and more than three dozen people injured. (Associated Press)
  • Officers load bags of evidence into a car outside the Century 16 theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012. A shooting took place in the theater in which at least 12 people died and scores were injured during the premiere showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." (Associated Press)Officers load bags of evidence into a car outside the Century 16 theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012. A shooting took place in the theater in which at least 12 people died and scores were injured during the premiere showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." (Associated Press)
  • President Obama pauses July 20, 2012, during an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., for a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 people dead. (Associated Press)President Obama pauses July 20, 2012, during an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., for a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 people dead. (Associated Press)
  • People observe a moment of silence July 20, 2012, at an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., with President Obama for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting. Obama, who was scheduled to spend the day campaigning in Florida, cancelled his campaign events to return to Washington to monitor the shooting. (Associated Press)People observe a moment of silence July 20, 2012, at an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., with President Obama for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting. Obama, who was scheduled to spend the day campaigning in Florida, cancelled his campaign events to return to Washington to monitor the shooting. (Associated Press)
  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leaves the stage July 20, 2012, in Bow, N.H., after making statement on the shootings in Colorado. (Associated Press)Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leaves the stage July 20, 2012, in Bow, N.H., after making statement on the shootings in Colorado. (Associated Press)
  • Tom Sullivan holds a photograph of his son, Alex,  outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012, as he pleads with the media to help him find his son. Alex Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday by attending midnight premiere of the Batman movie Friday night. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into the crowded movie theater killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said. (Associated Press)Tom Sullivan holds a photograph of his son, Alex, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012, as he pleads with the media to help him find his son. Alex Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday by attending midnight premiere of the Batman movie Friday night. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into the crowded movie theater killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said. (Associated Press)
  • Tom Sullivan (center) embraces family members July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. Sullivan was frantically searching for his son, Alex, who was celebrating his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises," the movie where the gunman opened fire. (Associated Press)Tom Sullivan (center) embraces family members July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. Sullivan was frantically searching for his son, Alex, who was celebrating his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises," the movie where the gunman opened fire. (Associated Press)
  • Tom Sullivan (center) stands with family members July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)Tom Sullivan (center) stands with family members July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)
  • People use mobile devices July 20, 2012, as they wait outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)People use mobile devices July 20, 2012, as they wait outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)
  • A woman cries July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)A woman cries July 20, 2012, outside Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo., where witness were brought for questioning after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others. (Associated Press)
  • A SWAT team officer stands watch July 20, 2012,  in Aurora, Colo., near an apartment house where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theater lived. As many as 14 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theater during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (Associated Press)A SWAT team officer stands watch July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., near an apartment house where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theater lived. As many as 14 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theater during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (Associated Press)
  • Maria Davila holds her daughter Alexia, 9, during a candlelight vigil on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (Associated Press)Maria Davila holds her daughter Alexia, 9, during a candlelight vigil on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (Associated Press)
  • Marietta Perkins falls to her knees in sorrow and prayer July 20, 2012, at a vigil in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight." (Associated Press)Marietta Perkins falls to her knees in sorrow and prayer July 20, 2012, at a vigil in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight." (Associated Press)
  • ** FILE ** Members of law enforcement wearing body armor and helmets prepare to what ATF sources describe as a "water shot" in the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)** FILE ** Members of law enforcement wearing body armor and helmets prepare to what ATF sources describe as a "water shot" in the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Firefighters and police gather after an explosion could be heard outside the apartment of James Holmes in Aurora, Colo., Saturday, July 21, 2012. Federal authorities detonated one small explosive and disarmed another inside Holmes' apartment, but several other explosive devices remained, said Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at a packed movie theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified Holmes, 24, as the suspected shooter. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)Firefighters and police gather after an explosion could be heard outside the apartment of James Holmes in Aurora, Colo., Saturday, July 21, 2012. Federal authorities detonated one small explosive and disarmed another inside Holmes' apartment, but several other explosive devices remained, said Aurora police Sgt. Cassidee Carlson. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at a packed movie theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified Holmes, 24, as the suspected shooter. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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AURORA, Colo. — Police moved to complete the grim task of identifying the dead and notifying their families Friday evening in the aftermath of the movie theater massacre that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said he met with 70 family members of the victims at 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time who were still waiting for word of their missing relatives. An hour later, he said the last of the bodies had been removed from theater nine at the Century 16 at the Town Center of Aurora.

“Hopefully in the next hour we will get a confirmed list of the deceased and will begin the agonizing process of meeting with the families and determining what happened to their loved ones,” Chief Oates said at an evening press conference.

He said that the suspect, James Eagen Holmes, 24, purchased four firearms legally in the last 60 days from local Denver-area gun shops. Police discovered Mr. Holmes shortly after the midnight shooting by his white Hyundai in the theater parking lot with three firearms and one in his car.

Mr. Holmes also bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet, including more than 3,000 rounds for the AR-15 rifle, 3,000 rounds for the two 40-caliber Glock handguns, 300 rounds for the Remington 12-gauge shotgun, and a 100-round drum magazine. All were purchased legally.

Security at the four Aurora movie theaters now showing “The Dark Knight Rises” has been heightened, with police patrolling the theaters “out of an abundance of caution,” Chief Oates said.

Efforts to gain access to Mr. Holmes‘ apartment were shelved for the evening, with plans to resume Saturday, as authorities tried to figure out how to avoid detonating the maze of explosives, chemicals and trip wires. The three-story building in north Aurora and four others have been evacuated, with the residents staying at nearby Central High School.

Of the 58 people who were injured, 30 remain in area hospitals and 11 of those are in critical condition. Most but not all of the injured are suffering from gunshot wounds, Chief Oates said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper praised police and emergency workers for their rapid response to the shooting. Less than two minutes after the first of hundreds of 911 calls were received at 12:39 a.m., Aurora police arrived at the theater, with 200 local, state and federal officers ultimately converging on the crime scene.

“We are seeing this community rise up and do the things that great communities do,” Mr. Hickenlooper said.

The governor called the shooting “an act that defies description,” and referred to the suspect as “clearly disturbed.”

He said President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have been in contact with him to offer their assistance.

“The whole country recognizes this is something we don’t accept, we can’t explain, but we’re not going to accept this. We’re going to push back,” Mr. Hickenlooper said.

Several organizations held vigils for the victims Friday night. The only victim identified by name Friday was Jessica Ghawi, who moved last year to Denver from Austin to seek a career in sportscasting.

Mr. Holmes moved to Colorado after graduating from the University of California at Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in neuroscience. He entered the University of Colorado’s neuroscience graduate program in order to earn his doctorate, but had recently moved to withdraw from the program of his own volition, Chief Oates said.

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