Shootings 'planned for months'

Sun, Jul 22, 2012, 01:00

Deliveries received by the man accused of committing a cinema massacre at a Denver-area premiere of the new Batman film suggest months of "calculation and deliberation" leading up to the shooting rampage that killed 12 people, police said.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates discussed the shipments as local and federal authorities completed the painstaking process of disarming suspect James Holmes' apartment, which was found booby-trapped with explosive devices after the shooting at a multiplex theatre several miles away.

Yesterday, the local coroner's officer released the names of the 12 people killed. As evening fell, residents gathered at a local high school to mourn the passing of a classmate who graduated in May.

"We've become aware that the suspect over the last four months received a high volume of deliveries to both his work and home addresses," Mr Oates said.

"This begins to explain how he got his hands on all the magazines and ammunition.

"We also think it begins to explain some of the materials he had in his apartment," Mr Oates said.

"What we're seeing here is evidence of some calculation and deliberation."

A gunman wearing a full suit of tactical body armour, helmet and gas mask opened fire at a packed midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises early on Friday morning, killing 12 people and wounding 58.

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