News about the Colorado shooting – level 3

18-09-2015 15:00

New photos have emerged which were taken at the chaotic aftermath of the Colorado shooting. The pictures are of the cinema’s auditorium where the gunman James Holmes killed 12 people who were watching a midnight premiere of Batman. More than 70 others were injured.

Prosecutors released the images in response to open record requests. They show the elaborate home-made explosives in Holmes’s apartment which he had rigged into a potentially deadly booby trap.

Holmes moved from California to Colorado in 2011 and started up his graduate neuroscience course at the University of Colorado in Denver. But he dropped out after a year. By that time, he was well into planning the attack and stockpiling ammunition.

He had three guns he used with intent to kill on the 20th July 2012. He dressed head-to-toe in body armour before slipping into the packed cinema.

More than three years after the attack, Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole in August.

Difficult words: chaotic (when a lot of things happen at one time), aftermath (the situation after a disaster), auditorium (the room where an audience sits), prosecutor (a lawyer who is trying to prove in a court of law that someone is guilty of a crime), elaborate (detailed and complicated), rig (to set up), booby trap (a hidden bomb that explodes when you touch something else that is connected to it), stockpile (to keep many things of the same kind), ammunition (bullets), parole (to let somebody leave prison early if he or she behaves well), intent (plan), packed (full of people).



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