AP source: Suspect in Colo. shootings had 4 guns

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A SWAT team officer stands watch near an apartment house where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 14 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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A SWAT team officer stands watch near an apartment house where the suspect in a shooting at a movie theatre lived in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 14 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday during the showing of the latest Batman movie. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspect in the deadly shootings in Colorado had a high capacity ammunition clip in an assault rifle used in a mass shooting at a suburban movie theater, according to a federal law enforcement official.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said suspected shooter James Holmes had a drum-style clip in an AR-15 assault rifle used in the attack at a movie theater in Denver suburb Aurora, Colo.

Holmes is also believed to have hurled a gas canister into the theater before opening fire.

Officials believe Holmes killed a dozen people when he open fired in the crowded theater. The official said Holmes bought a ticket to the midnight showing of "The Dark Night Rises" and went into the theater with the rest of the crowd. The official said Holmes is believed to have propped open an exit door in the theater as the movie was playing, donned protective ballistic gear and opened fire.

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