Batman mask, poster found in gunman's apartment

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 23 2012 10:03 AM | Updated as of Jul 23 2012 06:03 PM

AURORA, Colorado - Police in the US state of Colorado on Sunday declined to confirm media reports that a Batman mask and poster were found in the apartment of alleged cinema gunman James Holmes.

The 24-year-old Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others when he opened fire, dressed all in black and in full body armor, at a midnight screening Friday of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises."

CNN and the Los Angeles Times both cited sources as saying that a Batman mask and poster had been found in his apartment, which police only entered Saturday after defusing a complex system of booby traps.

But the Aurora Police Department declined to confirm or deny the reports.

"We are not talking about any of the evidence that was released, or obtained from the apartment," a spokesman told AFP, adding that he understood at least one media outlet claimed to have a long-lens image of the Batman items.

"We have no way to confirm it. All the evidence that was obtained was taken away and filed," he added.

The cast and crew of the "Dark Knight" movies have voiced shock at the massacre, while Warner Brothers, the studio behind it, decided not to publish weekend box office figures as a mark of respect for the victims.

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