During today’s preliminary court proceedings for Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, it was revealed he had purchased over 6,000 rounds of ammo. ABC News reported that police said Holmes legally acquired two Glock .40 caliber pistols, a .223 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, and the ammunition prior to the shooting.
According to ATF agent Steven Beggs, James Holmes legally bought his firearms from May to June 2012. He was reported to have made 16 purchases in person and online.
The rest of the court proceedings revealed several new details regarding the Aurora Theater shooting:
1. 2 911 Calls Revealed Heartbreaking Details About the Victims’ Plight
Audio from a 911 call played in court featured the voice of Kaylin Bailey, the 14-year-old cousin of victims Veronica Moser-Sullivan and Ashley Moser. The call detailed the teenager’s harrowing moments as 911 dispatchers attempted to instruct the girl on how to perform CPR on her injured relatives. KDVR reported that Ashley Moser could be heard on the 911 tape saying, ““It’s too loud…I can’t hear you. I’m so sorry.”
Ashley was paralyzed by her wounds; 6-year-old Veronica died.
Another 911 call played in court today featured audio from Kevin Quinonez. The call, which was the first emergency call dispatchers received about the shooting, came in 18 minutes after the Dark Knight Rises film started. Quinonez’s call was brief, but he could be heard saying, “There’s some guy … after us.”
Aurora Detective Randy Hansen said he counted 30 loud booms he believed to be gunshots as he listened to the call. Emotions were high in the courtroom as victims listened on.
2. Holmes Rigged His Apartment to Explode with Elaborate Traps & Terrible Chemicals
FBI Bomb Technician Garret Gumbinner spoke in court about the booby traps that were set up in Holmes’ apartment. FBI agents reported seeing homemade jars of napalm and thermite inside. The booby traps were set to explode, which Holmes planned to have detonate through three different methods — opening the door, operating a remote control car found in a nearby dumpster, or activating a remote launch process.
KDVR.com reported that Gumbinner said that the first method included playing loud music in Holmes’ apartment, which was being played via a computer on time delay. Kaitlyn Fonzi, a 20-year-old grad student and resident of the apartment, said she almost opened the door to Holmes apartment, but decided not to. Rows of white powder (which was believed to be ammonium chloride by Gunbmbinner) were also left on the floor of the apartment. If ignited, the powder would have created vast amounts of smoke.
The second method involved a remote control to a toy car that was placed in a nearby dumpster. Gumbinner stated that Holmes planned to draw someone to the dumpster through the music that was playing from a CD player. According to Gumbinner, if someone tried to operate the remote control for the toy car, this would have triggered the “pyrotechnic firing box” placed on Holmes’ refrigerator.
The third method dealt with some form of remote launch control. No further details were given on this method.
3. Holmes’s Match.com Profile Was Active 2 Days Prior to the Shooting
Holmes’ Match.com profile — which included the creepy comment “Will you visit me in prison? I spend a lot of time thinking about the future, mind (equals) blown” — was last active on July 18, 2012, two days before the shooting occurred, according to today’s testimony.
The preliminary court proceedings are expected to last the rest of the week. Holmes faces 166 counts related to the massacre, including murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors have not made an announcement about seeking the death penalty for Holmes.