Suspicious Packages Investigated at Suspect’s Former School

DENVER, Colo. — Two suspicious packages were discovered Monday morning at the graduate school that once called Aurora theater shooting suspect James E. Holmes a student.

The University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus reported it found a “suspicious” package near building 500 before any employees arrived on campus Monday morning. The package was dealt with at that time and caused no evacuations. Later that afternoon, another suspicious package was reported where mail was sorted at the university. By 5 p.m., that package was still under investigation.

The packages were not sent by Holmes, but those that received the packages feared they might have been.

The Anschutz medical campus has restricted access to its campus in the wake of the July 20 attacks at the premiere of “The Dark Night Rises” at an Aurora movie theater — an attack Holmes, one of the school’s former neuroscience Ph.D. students allegedly committed.

Holmes began the process to withdraw from the school on June 10.

Holmes received several packages from the university delivered to his apartment in the span of the past month. It’s the same apartment police had to carefully navigate after Holmes’ booby-trapped it.

The campus is looking into the possibility that Holmes used materials obtained from the university to create the incendiary and chemical devices designed to kill anyone who attempted to enter his apartment.