Police describe Colorado shooting as ‘calculated and deliberate,’ say it may have been planned for months
By Jana Winter
Published July 22, 2012
AURORA, Colo. – Police say they believe the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater planned the attack with “calculation and deliberation,” as they removed all explosives from his booby trapped apartment.
The suspect, James Holmes, is accused of going on a shooting rampage at the movie theater during Friday’s midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people dead and injuring 58. He was packing as many as 6,000 rounds of ammunition with the ability to shoot up to 50 a minute, police said.
Fox News has learned a possible second person of interest in the case is also being investigated, though sources caution authorities are not yet sure if the individual is necessarily tied to the crime.
In a statement to Fox News early Sunday, the Aurora Police Department confirmed an “associate” of Holmes had been interviewed in relation to the case, but at this time they do not believe he was involved.
The person who owns the home where the reported person of interest lives tells FoxNews.com investigators are looking for his tenant because they have interviewed all students from Holmes’s program and his tenant is the only one who they haven’t been able to reach. However, the landlord said he believes the tenant has been in Korea for “weeks.”
Friday, 20 Jul 2012 04:17 PM
President Barack Obama and his presidential rival Mitt Romney both suspended their campaigns on Friday in the wake of the shooting at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and up to 70 injured. They both spoke about the tragedy. This is what they said:
President Obama speaking in Fort Myers, Fla.:
“Let me, first of all, say how grateful I am for all of you being here and how much we appreciate everything that you’ve done. I know that they’re a lot of people here who have been so engaged in the campaign, have sacrificed so much, people who have been involved back since 2007. And so I want all of you to know how appreciative I am.
“And I know many of you came here today for a campaign event. I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters that we face as a country and the difference between myself and my opponent in this election.
“But, this morning, we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways that we are united as one American family. By now, many of you know, many of you have heard that few miles outside of Denver, in a town called Aurora, at least 12 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater. And dozens more are being treated for injuries at a local hospital. Some of the victims are being treated at a children’s hospital.