First Photo of Shooting Suspect James Holmes; Police Investigating 'Booby-Trapped' Apartment

ABC's Denver affiliate has acquired and released the first image of James Holmes, the 24-year-old suspect in the shooting attack that left 12 dead and 50 injured this morning at an Aurora, Colorado, multiplex. Local police, meanwhile, have encountered a series of booby traps complicating their investigation of Holmes's apartment.

As a result, authorities are taking significant precautions as they proceed:

Police say the apartment of the suspect in a mass shooting at a Denver area movie theater is booby trapped, so they've evacuated five surrounding buildings.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. "We could be here for hours or we could be here for days," said Oates.

Oates says pictures from inside the apartment are fairly disturbing and the devices look to be sophisticated.

Developing... Oh, and for the record: James Holmes is not "Jim Holmes" from the Colorado Tea Party. Nice one, GMA.


  • robbushblog says:

    I think the word "suspect" is a little shortsighted. The man did it.

  • There were enough warning signs about James Holmes BEFORE the shooting:

  • M.J. Wurzbach says:

    Brian Ross, of ABC News, was quick on the draw to associate Mr. holmes to the tea party people. It will be interesting to find out, since Mr. Holmes was from So Cal and a Student at Cal Riverside just were is political affiliations lie. My guess is that ole Mr. Ross will, and should, be eating his words.

  • john says:

    The families have requested that the media stop giving the murderer free publicity (and encouraging more) by constantly posting his name and photo.

    Please stop the irresponsible and disrespectful behavior, movieline.

    How about posting the names of the heroes who died saving their loved ones? What are *their* names?