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July 22, 2012

Colorado Rampage Shooting Suspect Began Buying Weapons in May

A gas mask was marked as the first piece of evidence in a criminal investigation outside the parking lot behind the Century 16 movie after a shooting on July 20, 2012. Photographer: Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via AP Images

James Holmes, the suspect in the shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 in a Colorado movie theater, spent $15,000 on weapons, ammunition and other equipment over the past several months and had 90 packages delivered to his workplace, a law-enforcement official said.

A search of Holmes’s apartment in Aurora, Colorado, revealed 30 improvised hand grenades and several containers filled with gunpowder and gasoline and an additional 10 gallons of fuel, said the official, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the investigation. The official said he was briefed on the matter.

Holmes, 24, is being held at the Arapahoe County jail and awaits arraignment Monday morning.

Police are investigating deliveries to both Holmes’s apartment and workplace at the University of Colorado, where Holmes was a graduate student in neurosciences, said Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the multi-agency investigation. She declined to confirm the contents of Holmes’ apartment, which she said police are continuing to search.

University of Colorado-Denver spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery didn’t immediately respond to a phone call.

CBS News earlier reported on Holmes’s spending and deliveries.

To contact the reporters on this story: James Nash in Los Angeles at jnash24@bloomberg.net; Jeff Bliss in Washington at jbliss@bloomberg.net Jennifer Oldham in Denver at joldham1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net


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