Batman cinema shooting: New pictures show bullet-ridden cinema and killer James Holmes' booby-trapped home
Warning: Graphic images
Photographs from inside the bullet-ridden theatre where killer James Holmes opened fire in a mass shooting have been released for the first time.
Holmes (27) was sentenced to life in prison last month for the brutal shooting which killed 12 people and injured more than 70 three years ago.
Cinema-goers who had gathered for a midnight screening of The Dark Knight on July 20, 2012 at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora, Colorado were left fighting for their lives as they attempted to escape the dark theatre during the killing spree.
Police have now released hundreds of evidence photographs from inside the theatre, as well as the intricate booby-trap Holmes had set up for police at his apartment.
The photographs show white tape marks in theatre 9 of the complex, showing how Holmes had continuously fired into the 400-strong crowd, aiming to take as many lives as possible.
Haunting images show the bullet holes in the cinema's seats, walls and even in a drink cup.
Blood-stained napkins can be seen strewn on the floor as hundreds of theatre-goers had dropped their food and belongings and attempted to escape.
Outside the theatre, blood-stained footprints can be seen on the ground.
According to investigators, James Holmes had bought a ticket to the screening and sat in the front row.
Approximately 20 minutes into the film, he got up and exited through the emergency exit, propping a plastic tablecloth holder against the door so he could return.
He changed into tactical gear and a gas mask in his car, which he had parked immediately outside the emergency exit and armed himself with three guns, a shotgun, a Glock handgun and a semi-automatic rifle.
He returned to the screening, where many thought his outfit was a joke as part of the movie. Others had dressed up in costume for the midnight screening so his outfit did not cause concern, witnesses told police afterwards.
Holmes fired a total of 76 inside the cinema, including six from his shotgun, 65 from his semi-automatic rifle and five from his handgun.