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"He Just Opened Fire On The Front Rows"; Gadgets Use Alternative Energy; Police: Missing Girls Case An Abduction; DirecTV, Viacom Reach Settlement; Fire Survivor Now Helps Others; Police Dismantle Colorado Apartment Booby-Traps; Update on Hospitalized Survivors of Colorado Shooting; Colorado Shooter Unknown to Most; Bulgaria Bus Bomber Mystery

Aired July 21, 2012 - 15:00   ET


FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello again. You're in the CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Fredricka Whitefield. A significant breakthrough at the apartment of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes. A bomb squad carried out a controlled detonation inside the booby-trapped apartment. Police made this announcements just moments ago.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We have been successful in disabling a second triggering device. Although not certain, we are hopeful that we have eliminated the remaining major threats. However, we will not know this until we enter the apartment.


WHITFIELD: All right, let's bring in our Ed Lavandera. He is very close to the apartment. So, Ed, does this mean police have completely diffused the intricate booby trapped apartment and they're ready to go in?

ED LAVANDERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It sounds that way. I think they definitely feel like the most troubling aspects and the most troubling devices that they were discovering inside James Holmes's apartment have been kind of defused and they're able to work around that.

They still want to be able to remove all of those devices and take them to secure locations, where if there need to be other detonations or taken apart and dismantled, they can do that in more secure environments instead of this apartment because now what needs to begin inside the apartment of James Holmes is the collection of evidence.

Obviously, the authorities here want to go through his belongings, his computers and that sort of thing, trying to find any kind of evidence that would help him explain how he prepared and what led to this massacre here at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. So all of that work continues.

We're seeing the local firefighters that were here starting to clean up the hoses that were brought in as a precaution. But you know, all of the investigators and the bomb technicians are still here. They say there still is several more hours of work to do inside that apartment and the material that they want to get out.

They also want to begin assessing just exactly what James Holmes put in there. You know, they weren't exactly sure what kind of materials he was using. They had been using robots with cameras to kind of get a sense of that, but now they can get a -- really get a sense of what they were up against.

But this could have been an incredibly tragic and even more deadly situation had someone unsuspecting just walked into this apartment. They say that this thing was ready to trigger as soon as somebody opened the door and walked in. That could have easily have killed more people.

WHITFIELD: And so Ed, I wonder, you know, this is a pretty sizable apartment complex, and they have cordoned off the area, evacuated that apartment complex for an undetermined amount of time. Have some of the residents of that apartment complex been milling around? Have they been asking questions of when they might be able to go in, retrieve some of their belongings, maybe even pets, anything like that?

LAVANDERA: Well, you know what's really frightening was that we've spoken -- some of my colleagues have spoken with the woman who lives just below James Holmes. And obviously, she's one of the people who'd been evacuated. She had explained to us that the night of the shooting, just shortly before midnight, that there was loud music emerging from James Holmes's apartment, and that she had gone up there to knock on the door, ask him to turn it down, and at one point, had even called authorities to let them know about that. But they said that they were too busy with the shooting, they couldn't spare someone to come over here and do that.

But she said the door was unlocked and -- told us the door was unlocked. And you know, obviously, she's very emotional about the fact that, you know, she easily could have opened up that door, and you know, who knows what would have happened if she had done that. So luckily for her, she decided not to do that, went back downstairs.

But a lot of this area remains cordoned off. It remains shut down. At what point authorities allow people to come back -- I would imagine that that red brick building, which is where James Holmes' apartment is -- that will be shut down for quite some time. And I'm not sure about whether or not the surrounding areas will be opened up here in the coming days.

Obviously, the people who live around this area probably very antsy to get back into their apartments, so -- but I'm sure they'll be passing along developments about that and how that will change here in the coming hours -- Fredricka.

WHITFIELD: All right, Ed Lavandera, thank you.

And you know, we're looking from kind of a ground view camera, looking up into that third floor -- if we could see that picture again from our affiliate KDVR. And again, bomb experts in that so-called bucket that had been, you know, raised to that third floor level. It seems as thought they're kind of poking and prodding something.

I know it's difficult to know from your vantage point, but clearly, still some activity, just underscoring your point earlier that they're far from over. It's still a painstaking process, and there are still many layers in which to kind of peel back, so to speak, from the bomb experts' point of view, before they can really ascertain whether this scene is safe and ready to go in to try and collect some evidence.

So Ed Lavandera, keep us posted.

LAVANDERA: You know, Fredricka...

WHITFIELD: Oh, yes. Go ahead.

LAVANDERA: OK. No, no, I was just going to say because what they had done earlier -- they don't think -- necessarily think that area is completely safe in there. You know, just about an hour ago, we heard a controlled explosive device, which was what they called a -- this, like, you know, water bottle that kind of exploded. And that was done to kind of dismantle the trip-wires that were set up to one of the major explosive devices that they were the most concerned about.

So when they say that they -- you know, that major threat has been eliminated and they feel confident about that, that's what they're talking about. There are still other things in there that they're worried about, but now they feel they can work in better and safer conditions to figure all that out.

WHITFIELD: Oh, all right. Thanks so much for bringing that to us and clarifying for us, as well, a pretty big picture of what they're having to deal with there at that apartment complex. Ed Lavandera, appreciate it.

All right, well, we've been hearing from a number of victims who have been released from the hospital over the past 24 hours, and they're talking about the horrific scene and talking about the close calls of their loved ones.

One survivor was choking back tears today as he described how he, his new wife, Denise (ph), and his best friend, Josh, ducked for cover as bullets sprayed. Brandon Axelrod says he and his wife were slightly injured by shrapnel when a chair armrest simply exploded. He says their friend Josh protected them, but was shot in the arm and leg. Listen.


BRANDON AXELROD, SHOOTING SURVIVOR: I'm actually -- I'm really OK. Me, my new wife and my best friend, Josh, went to the movie together. It was right after the opening action scene.

It was quiet, and the canister of whatever going across the theater, and then the fizzing of it, and then the shooting. Just the gun going off. Josh helped me protect my wife, and he got shot.

It just -- it wasn't expected, but I'm glad he was there with us because the three of us together -- you know, we piled on each other and we kept each other safe. And you know, luck or faith, whatever you want to call it, kept us alive.

And you know, Josh, while we were hugging each other in the aisle, got hit in the arm. And at some point, because he's so tall and lanky, he got hit in the leg, as well.

He is doing really well. Everybody here is taking really good care of him. He had surgery on his arm and his leg. And he's just going through the process of working through the pain, and you know, just what happened to us.

I know he's really active, so I know for him, it's going to be tough with the rehab and everything he's got to deal with because it's -- it's, you know, his arm and then his opposite leg. So it's going to be tough.

But we -- he has his brother in town. He's from South Dakota originally, so he has a good family. And he's got us and we're going to get through it together, and that's how we're going to deal with it.


WHITFIELD: There are many people just like the man that you just heard from who have to be strong for their loved ones who are victims of this very heinous shooting. And they look at doctors like Bob Snyder, who are caring for their family members at the Aurora Medical Center and some of the other hospital facilities in that general area. Dr. Snyder joining me now on the phone.

So Dr. Snyder, you've been caring for a lot of these victims who have been getting treatment at your hospital, Aurora Medical Center. What are you seeing in these victims?

DR. BOB SNYDER, MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA (via telephone): We're seeing pretty much reactions across the board. For the most part, everybody's calm. Everybody -- I believe it's starting to sink into them the scope of what happened and exactly, you know, what their injuries are and what they've got coming up in the near future, and in the future as far as they can see.

WHITFIELD: Meaning, are they starting to talk about it? Are they asking questions openly? Or is it that you notice in some patients they're very despondent?

SNYDER: I wouldn't say despondent at this point. They're -- the patients that we're able to speak with, for the most part, seem grateful, is probably how I would describe them. They are interacting with us. Nobody is withdrawn and has been shutting any of us out. They're all communicating with us and the staff. And so far, I think we're all encouraged by what we're seeing from our patients.

WHITFIELD: You're a trauma surgeon. You're used to, you know, emergency response of this caliber. However, you know, this being as widespread as it is, how does this stack up with what we've been experiencing while being a trauma surgeon at that hospital?

SNYDER: The experience that we have here, we see gunshot wounds on a pretty regular basis. But as you said, the scope of this, the large number of people showing up in the ER all at once is unlike anything I've had to deal with since I've been practicing at this hospital.

WHITFIELD: Do you see in your future, perhaps even the future of other medical providers there at the hospital, that they, too, would need some assistance trying to grapple with all that they've seen just over this 24-hour period and the real residual effect that comes for an entire community when something of this caliber happens?

SNYDER: The -- we have resources here available for the staff that were involved. And when these patients show up in our emergency room as quickly as they did, the administration at the hospital is very aware of potential issues that might be coming up. So we know that there's resources available for us.

It's hard to speak to the community. It's such a random, senseless act that came out of nowhere. I'd like to think that if people need help or need to talk to somebody that they would either call the hospital or seek out some resources and find somebody to help them deal through this.

WHITFIELD: Some victims have been lucky enough to have already been released from the hospital, their injuries fairly superficial compared to some who may be there for days, if not weeks. What do you see in some of the victims that you're caring for there? Do you see that their recovery in hospital is going to take a matter of weeks or perhaps even longer?

SNYDER: I would suspect so. But again, just the nature of the injuries that we've seen in the patients that we have, it really is a pretty broad spectrum as far as injury severity.

So there's a couple of the patients that we have that are in the hospital that we are hopefully looking forward to them being able to leave the hospital in the next day or two. There are some other patients that will probably require additional surgeries.

So again, we're -- again, we're encouraged by what we're seeing from the patients today. Even our critically ill patients are still stable enough that we're not having to schedule any emergency procedures or surgeries of that nature.

WHITFIELD: Dr. Bob Snyder, thank you so much, from Aurora Medical Center. We wish you all the best, and of course, the best in recovery for the victims that you're treating there, as well.

SNYDER: All right. Thank you very much.

WHITFIELD: All right, meantime, later on today, really roughly about 50 minutes from now, in fact, police are scheduled to hold a news conference there out of Aurora to give us the latest on the overall scope of this investigation, and of course, CNN will be bringing that to you live. And then later on, our coverage doesn't end. At 8:00 o'clock PM, a special hosted by my colleague, CNN's Don Lemon, a special primetime coverage special of this Colorado theater shooting.

All right, now that the hazards have been removed, possibly, from the suspect's apartment, well, what is next? A retired FBI agent will tell us.


WHITFIELD: By all accounts, the suspect in the Aurora shooting was quiet, withdrawn. He doesn't even have much of an on-line footprint, so to speak. Our Drew Griffin is trying to piece together kind of a clearer picture of the suspect, James Holmes, and he's doing that by visiting a Colorado community where there are some people who may have known Mr. Holmes, Drew joining us now from Boulder.

Drew, what are you finding and who are you finding?

DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): You know, it's a very frustrating search, both (INAUDIBLE)

WHITFIELD: All right, it looks like we're going to try and reestablish a connection with Drew Griffin because that signal is just not strong enough for any of us to understand, so we'll try that again a little bit later.

Meantime, law enforcement officials now say they believe that they have eliminated all major threats from Holmes's apartment. A short time ago, they executed a successful controlled detonation of sorts there.

So what might be next in this investigation now? Let's ask retired FBI agent Ray Lopez. Ray with us now. Thanks so much. So we understand that while there is a level of success in what they've been able to detonate, it doesn't necessarily mean they've eliminated all threats from that unit.

So from your purview, what likely would need to take place next?

RAY LOPEZ, RETIRED FBI AGENT: Well, I think -- Fredricka, hello. I think what the next step would be to ensure that the room and the entire apartment is safe because the principle behind clearing all this is to collect the evidence. So they're going to have to get forensic people in there and investigators who are not trained technicians. And while those people are there, probably the bomb technicians will remain with them to ensure their safety.

But directly to your question, I think things -- improvised explosives, if the chemicals were mixed in the apartment, then you're going to have residual chemicals potentially laying throughout the apartment. And those things have to be identified and either collected up and taken out of the apartment for the safety of the other residents, but also for the safety of the investigators, and also forensically examined to see if they were used in the devices that he threw in the theater. WHITFIELD: And clearly, this is very delicate. It takes an awful lot of time. Here we are more than 24 hours after the shooting. Police descended on the apartment complex rather immediately. And at this time, we're seeing the results of this disrupter being used.

So in your view, is it an issue of many more hours to go before there is a comfort zone in which they can send a robotic or a human into that unit to try to retrieve evidence?

LOPEZ: Right. I think what they're going to do is they're going to stay using remote techniques. You just mentioned the robot. That's a very good remote technique. And they're going to have to clear that apartment as much as they can, using all these means.

And ultimately, though, they're going to have to put a human being in there, someone with a bombset (ph) to go through and ensure that they can, A, get access -- normal access to the building through the front door, clear those of any potential booby-traps and bring in those people.

Again, even with the apartment said (ph) that it is cleared, you know, you still have other concerns in a booby-trapped environment. You have things like the light switches and drawers and things that can be booby-trapped to hurt people. So you'll have the bomb techs there for a while, even through the forensic collection, just to ensure the safety of all the individuals.

WHITFIELD: So while this activity is happening here at the apartment complex -- that's what all of us can see. But from your point of view, there are other things that are taking place in an investigative way involving the FBI, ATF, et cetera, to find out who this person is, what his intent may have been, what people have observed.

So those kinds of interviews are taking place, right, involving, perhaps, neighbors. You know, police may have located where they have been displaced to, maybe even from -- by way of computer, even though he doesn't have much of a digital footprint by way of Facebook or Twitter, they might be able to look at particular destinations that he, James Holmes, may have gone for information to help plan this attack?

LOPEZ: Yes, absolutely. And I think one of the key things that the investigators will be looking for will be the computers. Sadly, a lot of the information for homemade explosions and improvised explosives and booby-traps are available on the Internet. You have all kinds of Web sites that promote this, I believe for all the wrong reasons, and people go on there all the time.

And once the investigators can get to his -- if he had a laptop or desktop computer, they can turn it over to investigators who do forensic examination of computers. They're going to have to go in and see which Web sites he visited.

And then with the collection of the evidence both from the theater on the devices that he threw and both what they find in the apartment, they can almost narrow down the recipes and where these things came from and give them a good fingerprint of what was in his mind when he was developing these IEDs or booby-traps.

WHITFIELD: Wow. Very big job. Thanks so much for helping to peel back some of the layers for us. Ray Lopez, formerly of he FBI, appreciate your time, from Washington.

LOPEZ: Thank you.

WHITFIELD: All right, meantime, in about 40 minutes or so from now, a scheduled police news conference out of Aurora, Colorado. We'll, of course, bring that to you as it happens, 4:00 o'clock Eastern time for that press conference.


WHITFIELD: All right, more now on that massacre at a movie theater in Colorado. The suspect in that Aurora shooting was -- is being described as quiet and somewhat withdrawn, not even having much of an on-line footprint -- footprint, rather, so to speak. So our Drew Griffin has been trying to piece together a clearer picture of who James Holmes is. Who knows him?

Drew is joining us again on the phone from Boulder. Drew, what are you finding?

DREW GRIFFIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (via telephone): Fred, just to pick up on your conversation you had with Ray Lopez, I think getting to his computer will be key in this because what we're finding on the ground is even those who were physically close to James Holmes really didn't know him. And they're certainly not talking about him, especially when it jump (ph) to the university and the students and the professors who taught him.

We've had so many people that we've contacted just, quite frankly, don't want to talk, backed out. Or like one fellow I talked to -- or we talked to, I should say, today, he worked in a lab with James Holmes for three months last summer. And he said he couldn't say he was close to him, he couldn't say anyone was close to him. He worked somewhat alone, didn't interact with a lot of people.

And that is certainly what we're finding after two days of searching for anybody close to him. A lot of people here in Colorado just did not know this person at all.

WHITFIELD: Now, what brought you to the University of Colorado? This is not the campus where James Holmes attended. But apparently, people who know him are there?

GRIFFIN: Yes. You know, you can imagine, some classmates who went to school with him down in Aurora, Colorado, are now going to school here at the University of Colorado Boulder. We've been trying to track them down.

We did go to a professor's home who actually taught James Holmes, and he was so scared or didn't want to talk to us, he sent his wife to the front door, saying that he couldn't talk to us. We have not gotten a lot of information from the university medical campus, other than to say that Holmes was in the process of withdrawing from the school. Prior to that, he had his access cards taken away. That, we are told, is a matter of procedure and it didn't mean anything.

And I should also tell you, Fred, that I was on the campus this morning of the medical campus and saw a bomb-sniffing dog going through some of the various buildings that James Holmes would have had access to when he went to school there.

It didn't seem to be anything other than precautionary, but there was some police presence and they were doing some kind of a sweep. I believe it was probably just precautionary. The police there wouldn't give us any details on that.

WHITFIELD: All right, Drew Griffin, thanks so much for bringing all of that to us, from Boulder, Colorado.

All right, an equally perplexing investigation is taking place in Bulgaria and now investigators there are pursuing a new lead. So Wednesday a suicide bomb detonated on a bus, killing five Israelis. Investigations have determined that a man caught on airport security video was the bomber. But now they're looking into the possibility that he had some help.

Jonathan Mann of CNN International is with us now to give us a better scope of this. Very bizarre investigation.

JONATHAN MANN, CNNI ANCHOR: Immediately, virtually, though, it seemed they had some leads, and that airport video was really a crucial one. I think we have it. And what it shows is a man -- you can clearly see he's wearing shorts, and if you can make out his hair, it's really long. It's strangely long.

Some of the people who encountered him said they thought it was a wig, but he had remarkably long hair. Well, oddly enough, with some certainty that that was the suicide bomber, with that enormous backpack on his back that may have contained the nearly seven pounds of TNT, there are now other eyewitnesses coming forward and saying, No, no, the man who put the backpack, who brought the backpack onto the bus had short hair, short hair and spoke English, they say, with a very distinct accent.

WHITFIELD: Is there any talk of a wig involved here?

MANN: Maybe a wig...

WHITFIELD: Or is it a different person?

MANN: ... a haircut or a different person. There is some question about, in fact, whether there was one person or two. Clearly, it's very unusual for a suicide bomber working internationally to have acted completely alone. The bomb comes from somewhere. There's money. There's support. So the possibility of a second accomplice is very real. And given what they're saying right now, it sounds like they're still really looking around for very basic things. They know who the man in the wig was. They have his fingerprints. They have his DNA from the remains at the scene. The question is whether that was the only bomber involved.

WHITFIELD: Wow. Israelis are saying what?

MANN: Israelis are saying they don't know who that man is, but they know who's behind the bombing. They've been very clear from the outset, Prime Minister Netanyahu earlier in the week, but now today, Defense Minister Ehud Barack saying again it was Hezbollah.

I think we have the exact text of his remarks. We know that Hezbollah is behind the attack, he said. We know that he had a fake driver's license from Michigan. We know that he had a Western appearance and not the look of someone from the Middle East.

So the Israelis seem to have moved very far. They have experts in Bulgaria at the scene. But they claim have to have information of their own. Other governments, like the U.S. government and the Bulgarian government, aren't quite moving that fast, although Hezbollah has come up in public discussions by U.S. authorities.

WHITFIELD: Michigan driver's license?

MANN: Here is the strange thing. It's a strange detail to emerge from this. They found a driver's license, but it was for someone who purported to be from Michigan, though the address on the driver's license was from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

That's not the kind of mistake somebody would necessarily make if they had any familiarity with any U.S. driver's licenses. And the other thing about it is it looked so fake that when the man in the long hair tried to rent a car in Bulgaria, the rental office wouldn't give him a car because they said there was something suspect about his driver's license. So it's an odd thing.

You think about how carefully some people prepare their attacks -- and we've been talking about James Holmes -- if this really was the work of an international terror organization, they would get the identity documents right.

WHITFIELD: Wow. Very perplexing.

MANN: It's, you know, just one of these strange, loose threads as the Israelis, the Bulgarians try and figure out exactly who was behind it. The Israelis say they don't worry so much about who the bomber was. They say it's Hezbollah. The Bulgarians are still looking into it.

WHITFIELD: My goodness. All right, Jon Mann, keep us posted on that because something tells me there are going to be many, many layers toward (ph) this one before we finally package it all up and figure that one out.

MANN: Will do.

WHITFIELD: Thank you. Appreciate that.

All right back here at home in the U.S., the victims of the Colorado shooter are now speaking out. One survivor actually played dead after being shot. From his hospital bed, he'll tell us how he survived.


WHITFIELD: A very active crime scene in Aurora, Colorado. Top bomb experts are at the booby-trapped home of mass shooting suspect James Holmes. They say they've eliminated all major threats today including a trip wire and an explosive device.

They've also successfully carried out a controlled detonation, but officials say the house is still not clear of all dangers and that it still could take hours.

Holmes is in custody accused of opening fire in a packed movie theatre. Twelve people were killed and 58 others injured.

Some victims of that deadly shooting rampage in Colorado are already speaking out about the terrifying set of moments when the bullets started flying. David Delosier from our affiliate KUSA has one man's harrowing story.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're having units get into the scene now. There may still be somebody actively shooting.

PIERCE O'FARRELL, SHOOTING VICTIM: And then he pulled out a shotgun, I could see it clear as day and then he just opened fire on the front rows. I watched two shots. He shot once and it just lit up the theatre and then he cocked and shot again.

DAVID DELOSIER, KUSA REPORTER (voice-over): In those seconds, Pierce O'Farrell came face-to-face with a killer. When the gunman entered the theatre, he was no more than 30 feet away from O'Farrell.

O'FARRELL: He seemed very methodical. He never once say a word. I never once heard a single word out of him.

DELOSIER: Within seconds, the gunman turned the weapon on O'Farrell and his friend.

O'FARRELL: And he said Pierce, Peirce, I'm shot, man, I'm shot. I said me, too, just stay down and then he shot me a second time.

DELOSIER: The gun fire seemed to go on forever. O'Farrell feared his life would not.

O'FARRELL: I thought he was going kill me.

DELOSIER: O'Farrell lay motionless on the floor of the theatre hoping the gunman would take him for dead. O'FARRELL: He was standing literally directly above me. I could feel his boot right next to my head, and I just had my face down on the ground. And I just stayed as still as I possibly could and I prayed and I prayed, and he fired off a couple more rounds and then he left.

DELOSIER: Pierce O'Farrell is dealing with wounds to his leg and shoulder that will heal. It's the pain he feels for others that may never heal.

O'FARRELL: I think about all these poor people who didn't make it.


WHITFIELD: And police in Aurora, Colorado are scheduled to hold a news conference in just about 25 or so minutes from now at 4:00 Eastern Time. CNN will, of course, bring that to you live.


WHITFIELD: We'll get back to our continuing coverage of what's taking place in Colorado. Meantime, whether it's a smartphone or a tablet, many Americans usually have some kind of digital gadget glued to their side, but what happens when the power goes out or you're spending time outdoors this summer?

Our tech expert Marc Saltzman is here via Skype from Toronto and he's outside. It's beautiful, looking outside right now to show us some products that use kind of alternative energy sources.

So, Marc, let's get started with the self-powered radio, the FRX-3.

MARC SALTZMAN, SYNDICATED TECHNOLOGY WRITER: That's right. So it's from a company called Eton, e-t-o-n and the FRX-3 is an emergency radio that has a few extra bells and whistles. So for one, yes, it's got AM and FM and NOAA if you want to know what's going on with the weather.

Maybe that's why you're using this because bad weather knocked out your power, but there are three ways to power up this radio. One is a good, old-fashioned hand crank. So it's fun actually. My kids are having fun with this.

So good, old-fashioned elbow grease will power the radio and it's got a solar panel on the top as well, so if you're camping and you want to make sure that this will stay juiced up for when you need it, you can use the sun's power.

And then there are also rechargeable batteries built into the back, but aside from the fact that it's an emergency radio. It's also a flashlight. As you can see, it's got different led lights and it can charge up your gadgets.

It comes with cables that you can connect to your smartphone or tablet when you need a little top up. So it's a great little radio from under $60 so that's from Eton. WHITFIELD: That is an all-purpose radio like I've never seen before. All right, let's talk about other solar-powered products and there are other things, too, such as Goal Zero's adventure kit. What's in it?

SALTZMAN: That's right. So this is a two-part product from Goal Zero. One of it, as you can see, a foldable solar panel that can charge up your gadgets. Connect your devices through the cables that are included.

It also has a car kit, a 12-volt kit and that's one part of it is a foldable Velcro solar panel that you can connect to your tent if you like. The other part is four rechargeable double AA batteries in a special casing.

That casing lets you connect your devices to it in case you don't have enough solar power and it takes a little while for the sun to charge without a device and it has a built-in led light.

For emergency purposes, these gadgets are great for emergency preparedness. So this is a product from Goal Zero. The suggested price is $160, but you can find it for under $100 online.

WHITFIELD: My gosh, that sounds incredible. I can't believe the advent of some of these incredible accessories and gadgets. You mentioned camping and you can take a lot of this stuff, but then there are perhaps other options of the solar-powered kind of category that you can use when you're out camping.

SALTZMAN: Another well-known company that makes solar panels for outdoor use and camping and emergency preparedness is called Voltaec Systems and they have an inexpensive panel that you can attach to your backpack, for example.

Maybe you're backpacking across Europe this summer and you need some extra power for your gadgets and you want it on the wall of your tent to the outside. This one is similar to the one I just showed you, but it's less expensive.

It has a little bit less power than the one with I showed you previously, it has a little bit more power, but you're paying for that. It takes about an hour of sun light to charge up for three hours of talk time so not bad. Solar panels are getting better all of the time and they're also dropping in price. That's an option from Voltaec systems.

WHITFIELD: Wow, this alone makes me want to go camping just as an excuse to get this kind of cool stuff, very neat. All right, love it. Marc Saltzman, thanks so much and enjoy the sunshine out there.

For more high tech ideas, however and reviews, just go to and look for the gaming and gadgets tab.

All right, every Saturday at this time we do bring you information on new technology and how it just might impact and improve your life.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) WHITFIELD: They vanished more than a week ago. Now police are calling the disappearance of two young Iowa cousins an abduction. The 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins and 10-year-old Lyric Cook have been missing since they went on a bike ride just over a week ago. Their bikes were found by a nearby lake, but a search of the lake found nothing.

Missing your "Mob Wives," well, they're back and so are Snooki and "The Daily Show." You know, I'm talking about television shows, right. Viacom and DirecTV have settled their week and a half battle over programming fees. No dollar figures have been released, but DirecTV will pay over 20 percent in additional fees for Viacom programming.

We hope to get some more information on the investigation into the Aurora, Colorado theatre shootings. Police are scheduled to hold a news conference in just about 15 minutes or so from now. At least that's the scheduled time and of course, we'll bring that to you as soon as it happens.


WHITFIELD: All right, now with this week's "Human Factor," here is Sanjay Gupta.


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Take a close look at each one of these beautiful girls. Some of their scars are more apparent than others, but they've all gathered here to heal, together.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I see them arrive and they're wounded. They have a social arm around them. And each one of those girls, they see me.

GUPTA: For Lesia Cartelli, this is personal. She was just 9 years old when she was badly burned in a natural gas explosion at her grandparent's home in Detroit.

LESIA CARTELLI, FOUNDER AND CEO, ANGEL FACES: My sister and I arrived at the home for dinner and I went down to the basement to play hide and go seek.

GUPTA: Lesia was in the wrong place at the wrong time, when the gas met the light on the furnace.

CARTELLI: The explosion goes off and I hear the screams of my family. A sense of urgency, of survival kicks in and I started climbing over bricks and nails and furniture and everything to get out. I got out of the house, still on fire, my back and my face and my hair.

GUPTA: Lesia founded the "Angel Faces Retreat." Now in its ninth year, to teach these young women in just one week what took her two decades to come to grips with.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I am so proud of all of you girls.

GUPTA: They begin by sharing, the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

CARTELLI: I want to hear from you girls. Just bring it all out. Some of the names that you're called, hideous, burn-face, crusty crab, burn bitch.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They call us burnt toast.

GUPTA: Each girl participates in individual and group therapy even learns how to enhance their appearance with corrective cosmetics.

CARTELLI: You know, there's nothing wrong, we tell the girls, in taking what beauty you have and making it more beautiful. And you know what, sometimes that's all it takes for them to sit up a little taller.

It's important that the girls know that they're not burn survivors. It's important that they know they're not the burn girl. They're girls first and that's my message to the girls that I want them to take back.

GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.


WHITFIELD: And Lesia says the most important thing for these girls is good eye contact and a simple smile. Like all of us they just want to fit in and be acknowledged for who they are inside.

Our thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta for that report. And don't forget set your DVR right now to record "Sanjay Gupta MD" today at 4:30 Eastern Time and then Sunday 7:30 in the morning.


WHITFIELD: Today nearly one-quarter of women in America have experienced severe violence at the hands of someone close to them. This week's "CNN Hero" ask survivors to dream their best lives.


JO CRAWFORD, COMMUNITY CRUSADER: When I was 13, my dad was very violent and attempted to murder my mom. It wasn't until I was 55 that I came to work in a shelter and met a woman who had fled Chicago with two young children.

She had no documentation. She did not legally exist. She said, can you help me? I need $40 to get all the documentation. It is totally forbidden, but I gave her the two $20 bills and I'm thinking I just changed three lives with $40. I had no idea that I had actually changed my life as well.

My name is Jo Crawford. I ask women survivors of domestic violence to dream their best life. I give them the means to accomplish the first step. This is what you want and this is what you deserve.

The women are all out of a relationship for at least six months. They have to be free of alcohol and drugs. They have got to have a dream. It's not a gift. She agrees to pay it forward to three other survivors.

These women need to know they deserve their dream and have the power to create it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I got so much help which enabled me to buy a sewing machine and that made me realize I should be a person who not only receives help, but also gives help.

CRAWFORD: I am so proud of you. One woman can make a difference, but women working together can change the world.


WHITFIELD: All right, we're now minutes away from news conferences scheduled for 4:00 Eastern Time. Just 6 minutes from now. We understand that officials will be releasing the latest on the investigation into the theatre shooting taking place in Colorado.

Maybe even more information about the apartment complex where the suspect James Holmes lives so Keep it right here. We'll of course bring you that news conference as it becomes available live.


WHITFIELD: More on the investigation involving that massacre at the movie theatre in Colorado. We're just minutes away from a press conference that should be taking place right at that live location that you're seeing right now, that empty podium.

Of course, we understand that they might be releasing more information into the investigation, into what they've located or uncovered at the apartment complex where the suspect once lived.

The suspect now in custody and is expected to have his first court appearance come Monday. Keep it right here. We'll take you to that news conference live as it happens.

All right, meantime, that Colorado theatre shooting has provoked emotion across the nation. Bob Greene writes an op-ed for every Sunday and he shares his thoughts about the tragedy.


BOB GREENE, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: One of the most haunting things to come out of Colorado this weekend and there's been no shortage of haunting things is the thought of all those people who had gathered at that theatre and looked toward the front of the room full of hope that something good would happen that evening.

It's the implicit bargain that we all make every time we go to the movies. For a few hours, we put aside our worries. We don't think about work and we allow ourselves to be entertained, to be amused, to be scared, to be moved, to be intrigued.

And so the thought of all those men and women from different parts of the city coming to the theatre looking toward the very front and opening themselves up to whatever might come next.

The movie experience has always consisted of sitting in a dark room with people you know nothing about but feeling safe, feeling protected, knowing that when the lights go up, the fantasy world is over and you go back to your real lives.

So the prayers of the country go out to those who didn't leave the theatre and those who did, and for the rest of their lives will have to live with the unfairness of a weekend at the movies.