Aurora Movie Massacre Suspect Bought 4 Guns in 2 Months; 12 Dead


The Aurora, Co., theater massacre early Friday caused 70 casualties, including 12 dead, says Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. The Denver Post says the majority of the victims died from gunshot wounds. Many of the injuries were from bullets but a handful were the ” result of the chaos and trauma in the theater.”

Oates said the suspect, James Eagan Holmes, 24, is believed to have purchased four guns locally in the last two months and bought ammunition and magazines for his weapons over the Internet. With the weapons employed in the shooting — an AR-15 assault-style rifle, a shotgun and a handgun — the gunman could have gotten off as many as 60 rounds a minute, Oates said. Authorities will wait until Saturday to attempt to gain entrance to Holmes’ apartment because the scene remains far too dangerous, laced with jars full of liquid and “something that looks like mortar rounds.”

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