Update: Colorado Massacre Suspect Could Face Death Penalty

By: Associated Press, CBS News
By: Associated Press, CBS News

Century Theater is the theatre in Aurora, Colorado where the mass shooting happened. Marcus Theatres, which operates several theatres in Lincoln released this statement.

“We are saddened by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, this morning.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the associates at the Century Theater and the Aurora community.

These senseless, random acts of violence, by disturbed individuals, can happen anywhere, but have never occurred in a U.S. movie theatre in its 110-year history. Safety and security of our guests and associates is always a priority concern. We will take appropriate measures to have our security precautions in place today and every day.

All showings of “Dark Knight” and all other motion pictures at all Marcus Theatres will go on as scheduled.”

A Colorado prosecutor says the suspect in the mass shooting at a midnight Batman film screening could face the death penalty.

Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers said Monday that her office is considering pursuing that punishment against James Holmes.

She says a decision will be made in consultation with victims' families.

Holmes makes his first court appearance Monday. The 24-year-old former graduate student is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Police say James Holmes has been silent as he prepares for his court appearance following the theater shootings which left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility but will be moved to a next-door courtroom where the charges against him will be read. He may also learn whether he faces additional counts.

Authorities have disclosed that he is refusing to cooperate and that it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on midnight moviegoers at a Batman film premiere. Holmes has been assigned a public defender.

Police have said that Holmes began buying guns at Denver-area stores nearly two months before Friday's shooting and that he received at least 50 packages in four months at his home and at school.

Police say 71 people were shot in a suburban Denver movie theater early Friday during midnight shows of the new Batman movie. Twelve people were killed, ten of them at the theater.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says there were four showings of the movie at the time and all were sold out. He did not know how many people that amounts to.

Oates says investigators are confident the gunman acted alone.

Police say Holmes' apartment was four miles away and was booby trapped.

Oates says Holmes wore body armor, used an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and two Glock pistols. Holmes also hurled a gas canister in the theater.

Oates says Holmes' car was parked in back of the theater.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says the mass killing may not have been political terrorism, but it was the act of a deranged, demonic person who wanted to create intense fear.

The Democratic governor says officers are getting a lot more evidence from Holmes' apartment and are learning more about him moment by moment.

Hickenlooper says Holmes was diabolical and he would have found a way to create this horror even if he did not have access to guns. Hickenlooper says Holmes would have used explosives, poisonous gas or some other method to create the terror.

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