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Booby traps found in home of shooting suspect

By Associated Press

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AURORA, Colo. >> Colorado firefighters are monitoring an apartment building for gases in an effort to determine what chemicals one of its residents might have used to booby trap the place in case the materials go off, authorities said Friday.

The resident, James Holmes, 24, is the suspect in a mass shooting early Friday at a movie theater about four miles away.

"It's a pretty extensive booby trap. We're not sure what it's attached to. There are trip wires. There are three containers and we don't know what it's inside," said Chris Henderson, deputy Aurora fire chief.

If there is a detonation that causes a fire, firefighters will fight it from the outside of the building, he said.

The building and several around it have been evacuated.

Kaitlyn Fonzi, 20, a graduate student at University Hospital, said she lives in the apartment below that of the suspect.

About midnight, Fonzi said she heard like techno-like, deep-based reverberating music coming from that unit apartment. She went upstairs to the suspect's place and put her hand on the door handle. She felt it was unlocked, but she didn't know if he was there and decided not to confront him.

"I yelled out and told him I was going to call the cops and went back to my apartment," she said.

Fonzi called police, who told her they were busy with a shooting and did not have time to respond to a noise disturbance. She said she was surprised to learn later that the apartment was booby trapped and was shaken by the news.

"I'm concerned if I had opened the door, I would have set it off," she said.







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alohacharlie wrote:
He did not even have the decency to take his own life when the shooting was over.
on July 20,2012 | 08:23AM
cojef wrote:
Coward for sure! Costly for taxpayer on a lenghty trial and to house this malcontent imbecile in prison. Plus the numerous appeals that will ensue.
on July 20,2012 | 10:15AM
daniwitz13 wrote:
Obama condemns this of course but it's NO DIFFERENT from the DRONES he authorizes in other Countries sad to say. He does not like it when someone does it here but does not give a rip if he does the same thing in another Country with impunity. This killer will be condemned to death while Obama walks free. Pity to say
on July 20,2012 | 10:41AM
Kokoy wrote:
Knew it was only a matter of time until a dim bulb politicized the tragedy.
on July 20,2012 | 01:37PM
wayam wrote:
Less watts than a weak cfl.
on July 20,2012 | 01:51PM
Bigwave12 wrote:
Obviously never been in the military and put his/her life on the line for their country. Drones saves lives and kill terrorists...go live in another country if you dont like it here
on July 20,2012 | 09:15PM
iwanaknow wrote:
This girl was very very lucky she didn't open the unlocked door!
on July 20,2012 | 02:28PM
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