WARNING: The Colorado shooting photos in the above slide show will be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised.
The Aurora Police Department just released images relating to the James Holmes shooting massacre. They contain images from the movie theater where Holmes went on a rampage during a midnight screening of a Batman film. Other shots were taken at his apartment following the shooting, to be used as possible evidence during the trial. The newly-released images show more than 20 bombs in the booby-trapped apartment.
Holmes used soda bottles and wires to rig his apartment with home-made explosives and incendiaries that had to be rendered safe by experts with the help of a robot. ABC News reports:
A closer look from the bomb squad’s robot camera also revealed dozens of black spheres with fuses all connected to each other and to pickle jars with liquid and bullets inside of them.
The 16 black spheres contained smokeless powder and gasoline, while pickle jars connected to the spheres were layered with thermite, which creates high-temperature fires, in addition to bullets and napalm.
A few 2-liter soda bottles in the back of the apartment also contained more gasoline.
“This apartment was designed to kill,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said in 2012. He said Holmes had received a “high volume” of deliveries of materials and ammunition. Over the course of four months, the suspect evidently received at least 50 packages arriving to his home and the university.
The 27-year-old was found guilty in July of murdering 12 people and wounding 70 after donning a helmet, gas mask and body armor, then opening fire with a semiautomatic rifle, shotgun and pistol. In August, a Colorado judge sentenced Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison.