This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 21, 2012
As we all know by now, yesterday marked the largest mass shooting in America’s history, as suspect James Holmes, who is now in police custody, gunned down a total of 71 people, leaving 12 dead and 59 injured at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado – a town not too far from Columbine High School.
The suspected killer was decked out in bulletproof apparel, dawning red hair and calling himself “The Joker” in front of police authorities. He carried with him a AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, shotgun and a .40-caliber Glock, leaving a handgun in his car; all items that Aurora Police Chief and former NYPD official Daniel Oates told the public that Holmes obtained legally. His motive is still unclear.
But, now, as the details grows deeper into Holmes’s decline into mental insanity after dropping out of graduate school, the Aurora Police Department have begun the first steps of entering into Holmes’s home to find out what the hell was behind his horrific murder spree. However, there’s a sick twist: Holmes laced his apartment with booby traps, including explosives and an “unknown liquid,” causing authorities to evacuate all nearby residents.
According to NBC News, a wire was set to detonate the explosives as soon as the first person entered. For this reason, the police authorities are sending in a bomb robot to check out the situation inside the hell hole. As of now, the first phase is complete as officials have deactivated an incendiary device that was set to explode. The second phase, however, might include a mandatory detonation because authorities have found over 60 explosives set inside.
UPDATE: The New York Times is reporting that “bomb specialists had eliminated the major threats in the apartment, making it safe to enter.” After deactivating a second detonation trigger, the authorities plan on searching the apartment even though other hazards remain. They will most likely be there for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Check back with the Voice throughout the day for more details on this truly unbelievable story.
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