07/20/2012

Video: FBI search Colo. gunman's booby-trapped apartment

Pictures from inside the apartment are fairly disturbing and the devices look to be sophisticated

By PoliceOne Staff

AURORA, Colo. — Video shows FBI agents search an apartment in the building of a suspected gunman who killed 12 people when he opened fire at a showing of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colo., Friday.

A camera on a 12-foot pole recorded footage inside the apartment which revealed explosive devices were inside, according to reports. Investigators have described a sophisticated booby-trap with trip wires connecting incendiary and chemical devices.

Five surrounding buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said pictures from inside are disturbing and bomb technicians are assessing how to disarm the devices. Firefighters are helping to monitor for gases in an effort to determine what chemicals were used.

"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," the deputy Aurora fire chief said.

Twelve people died and at least 50 were injured when a former medical student in a gas mask barged into the crowded theater, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire.

When the smoke began to spread, some moviegoers thought it was a stunt that was part of the "The Dark Knight Rises," one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer. They saw a silhouette of a person in the haze near the screen, first pointing a gun at the crowd and then shooting.

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