Law enforcement officers use a fire truck lift to inspect the apartment.
Law enforcement officers use a fire truck lift to inspect the apartment where suspect James Eagan Holmes lived in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012. Photo by Reuters
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Sgt. Cassidy Carlson, second from left, spokesperson for Aurora Police Department, near the apartment of alleged gunman James Holmes, July 21, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado Photo by AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences Saturday to the families of Americans slain in a mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

In a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Netanyahu wrote that, on behalf of the people of Israel, he sends "wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the wounded."

"All Israelis stand with the American people as they grieve this horrific tragedy that claimed the lives of so many. We well understand the pain and the loss that you are experiencing," he added.

A masked gunman sparked pandemonium on Thursday night, during a midnight screening of the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," when he hurled a gas canister into the auditorium and opened fire on moviegoers. Twelve people were killed in the shooting and dozens were wounded.

U.S. law enforcement officials said the suspect in the shooting is 24-year-old student James Holmes.

Later Saturday, authorities planned to enter the booby-trapped apartment of the student. Dozens of law enforcement officials were at Holmes' apartment, who officials believe has booby-trapped his home with what appear to be sophisticated explosives.

Aurora police spokeswoman Sergeant Cassidee Carlson said officials were "confident in our evacuations at this point," adding there could be "controlled detonations" used by police to enter the third-floor apartment.

She said the process would begin shortly.

"We're hoping to get in there within the next hour," she said at a press briefing outside the suspect's apartment building in Aurora.

It was not immediately clear if they planned to detonate the suspected explosives using a robot. Police have evacuated five nearby buildings and created a perimeter of several blocks.