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July 24th, 2012
02:24 PM ET

CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein on the politics of gun control

The recent events in Aurora, Colorado have all the politicians talking about gun control. Even President Obama and Mitt Romney are sharing their thoughts on the second amendment.

CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein weighs in on the politics of gun control.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Colorado Shooting • Guns
July 24th, 2012
02:24 PM ET

Ret. FBI Agent says Holmes' actions took a lot of planning and were 'not done overnight'

Ret. FBI Agent Ray Lopez weighs in on the sophisticated homemade explosives found in James Holmes' apartment.

Lopex says, "This would be one of the first times I think we've ever seen...we can describe as a house bomb in the United States. Some of these things do exist overseas. We've seen them in places like Iraq and Afghanistan."

 The explosive expert who once lead an FBI Hazardous Device Response Unit went on to say this is the first booby-trapped apartment in the United States he could recall that was "set to blow up the home."

Lopez also weighed in on Holmes' mental health, saying the suspect's decisions were not made "haphazardly". The Ret. FBI agent went on to say Holmes' actions took a lot of planning and were "not done overnight."


Filed under: Colorado Shooting
July 24th, 2012
02:24 PM ET

Police found 30 IEDs rigged to a control box in the Colorado massacre suspect's apartment

CNN's Jim Spellman has exclusive new details on the explosive-rigged apartment of Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes.

Spellman says police describe Holmes' apartment as being "designed to kill." The apartment which was "all rigged up to a trip wire" took officials almost two days to develop a strategy to dismantle the situation safely.  The IEDs were then carried out in buckets of sand, loaded onto a dump truck and detonated in a desolate area.


Filed under: Colorado Shooting
July 23rd, 2012
05:29 PM ET

Fmr. prosecutor Rick Kornfeld on possible insanity defense for the Colorado shooter

Fmr. prosecutor Rick Kornfeld is no stranger to controversial clients. Not too long ago the fmr. federal prosecutor represented Columbine Killer Dylan Klebold's Parents. When asked if the evidence compiled by police so far rules out a possible insanity defense, the criminal attorney replied, Holmes' "smarts" don't necessarily "undermine the fact that he could have a mental disease or defect."

Kornfeld went on to say, with the evidence against Holmes, you're not defending on the action but rather his mental state.


Filed under: Colorado Shooting • Crime
July 23rd, 2012
04:37 PM ET

Fmr. co-worker of the Colorado shooter: Holmes was "good, had no incidents and had patience."

Gabriel Menchaca who worked with Holmes in 2008 at a summer camp says Holmes was "shy and quiet ... but he was actually a nice guy." Menchaca said when it came to working with kids, Holmes was "good, had no incidents and had patience."

Holmes' former co-worker went on to say that  he was shocked when he found out Holmes' was the Colorado shooter that claimed 12 lives at an Aurora theater this past weekend.  Menchaca said he thinks its something that happened to him in the last 4 years that would make him do a big change like that and he had no clue that later on he would be "a murderer, a killer."


Filed under: Colorado Shooting • Crime
July 23rd, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Aurora's Mayor Steve Hogan on the victims, President Obama's visit and healing the community

Aurora's Mayor Steve Hogan says the families of the victims were "very touched" by the president's visit. Mayor Hogan says "The governor, the president and I went from family to family group. People needed to talk, they needed to start greiving, they needed to tell us stories." The Mayor went on to say that the shooting is "never something that you plan for. Its just.. almost surreal."

The Mayor went on to say the community has to go through "a grieving process, then you start a healing process."


Filed under: Colorado Shooting
July 23rd, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Aurora shooting victim used military and religious training to help wounded

Pastor Darrel Wilmoth was in the adjacent theater from shooter James Holmes when he heard loud popping sounds. Wilmoth says, "We didn't know what that was. I actually thought it was some fireworks. But I'd gotten something that didn't click right with me as I’d gotten hit in the leg." It was then the Colorado Pastor realized he had been hurt. Once alerted that there was a gunman on the loose, Wilmoth ran outside, where he was able to use his military and religious training to treat victim's with bullet wounds and pray with them.

Pastor Wilmoth shares his story with Starting Point's Soledad O'Brien.


Filed under: Colorado Shooting • Crime
July 23rd, 2012
03:24 PM ET

Colorado shooter purchased 6,000 rounds of ammo in recent months

Recently it was discovered that Colorado shooter James Holmes had purchased 6,000 rounds of ammo along with various other materials used for making bombs. When asked if there was some sort of system in place to pick up purchases similar to the ones Holmes' had made in recent months, Fmr. FBI agent Steve Moore said, "No." The former agent who has previously worked on mass shooting cases said, there is nothing that says "this guy's buying too much, we better go look at him." 

Moore went on to say, the rigged apartment tells him Holmes is intelligent and "spent a long time planning this out."


Filed under: Colorado Shooting • Crime
July 23rd, 2012
03:12 PM ET

Clinical psychologist Mara Kailin says: A mass murderer could be 'anyone'

Dr. Kailin would like to offer insight into the mind of Colorado shooter James Holmes but says "the fact of the matter is, we may never know." Kailin says, "We want to know why, we want to know what would motivate somebody to do such a horrible thing," but there are no sure bets.

The a clinical psychologist went on to say there are many ways to get answers from suspects: through different tests, interviewing and speaking with them.  Officials are still probing for a motive behind the massacre but are still unsure as to why a 24-year-old Ph.D. student would attack dozens of innocent movie-goers.


Filed under: Colorado Shooting • Crime
July 23rd, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Colorado massacre suspect applied to join a gun range but the gun shop owner was skeptical – Drew Griffin reports

In June Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes applied to join a gun range but the gun shop owner who called to leave Holmes a message felt uncomfortable after hearing his message machine.

The store operator says, Holmes' voice message recording sounded "guttural, freakish, maybe drunk, weird and bizarre.' The range operator then warned his staff aginst selling any products to Holmes unless he came to the store in person to speak to him.

CNN's Drew Griffin reports.


Filed under: Colorado Shooting • Crime
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