Shooter had bomb parts; Ted Haggard photo, ammunition also among items

A picture of former New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, a handgun, ammunition and bomb components were among the items investigators found in Matthew Murray‘s Arapahoe County home.

The list was released this week by the Arvada Police Department, which searched the home in the 10900 block of East Berry Place after Murray’s shooting rampages Dec. 9 at the church and at an Arvada missionary training center.

Murray killed two people at Youth With A Mission in Arvada then killed two teenage sisters outside New Life Church after Sunday services. He was shot several times by a volunteer church security guard before killing himself.

Murray, 24, lived with his parents in the Arapahoe County home. Apparently he was embittered after being kicked out of the missionary program; Web postings attributed to Murray included rants against Christianity and his strict religious upbringing.

Other items taken from the Murray home:

  • Pamphlets on the Rosicrucian Order, an association of Christian mystics.
  • A prescription bottle with 54 pills of alprazolam, a treatment for anxiety disorders.
  • The phone number of a New Life employee who is with the New Life Groups program, which includes youth groups.
  • Several military-style bags, one with “IED components.”
  • A Beretta .22-caliber handgun.
  • A Bible, YWAM literature and a YWAM certificate.
  • The book Practical Homicide Investigation and Criminal Law Handbook.
  • A “tactical knife.”
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