WASHINGTON — — The suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings is not and has never been a member of the armed forces, the Pentagon said Friday.
Authorities say shooting suspect James Holmes carried an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun and wore full body armor during the attack that left 12 dead and dozens injured at the theater in Aurora, Colo. Police say his apartment was rigged with explosives.
The Pentagon said two airmen and one sailor were injured in the attack. Another sailor who was known to have been at the theater was unaccounted for.
Aurora is home to Buckley Air Force Base, and an hour's drive from the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs.
Pentagon officials said they were working with the families of the injured and missing "to ensure they have the care and attention they need."
"The Department of Defense is deeply saddened by the news of the tragic incident at the Aurora Mall Movie Theater," the Pentagon said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those impacted by this event."