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AP Source: Colorado shooting suspect not cooperating

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The suspect in a shooting that killed or wounded 71 people in suburban Denver is reportedly not talking to investigators.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that 24-year-old James Holmes has asked for a lawyer.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing case.

The person also says police found jars of chemicals in Holmes' booby-trapped Aurora apartment with wires nearby.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates says the suspect was arrested soon after officers arrived.

Holmes was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver, university spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. Holmes enrolled a year ago and was in the process of withdrawing at the time of the shootings, Montgomery said.

Oates says hundreds of calls came in starting at 12:39 a.m. MDT Friday and officers were on the scene within 60 to 90 seconds.

He says Holmes was taken into custody at his white Hyundai parked in back of the theater.

Oates says eventually, 200 officers responded. They conducted interviews with hundreds of witnesses.

The chief says officers found an AR-15 assault rifle - the civilian form of the M-16 - a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber Glock handgun in the theater and another identical handgun in the car. Oates says the gunman set off two devices to distract the crowd that released a smoke or an irritant.

Meantime, New York City's police commissioner says the gunman had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker - the villain from the Batman movies.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday that he had been briefed about the shootings that killed 12 and wounded nearly 60 others at a showing of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" at a suburban Denver theater.

Kelly and his spokesman did not say who briefed him.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates would not confirm the information about suspected gunman James Holmes, but confirmed he had spoken to Kelly. The two used to work together in New York.

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