Dark Knight Massacre: Colorado Shooter James Holmes was “The Joker”
Jul 20, 2012 03:35 PM EDT
James Egan Holmes, the Colorado shooter who was arrested for opening fire in an Aurora theatre during the showing of the "Dark Knight Rises" killing 12 and injuring 59, announced himself to be "the joker, the enemy of Batman," according to NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Kelly says that Holmes painted his hair red to resemble the Joker.
The 24-year-old gunman was arrested in Denver Friday and was identified as James E. Holmes, he was said to be a medical student at the University of Colorado,originally from San Diego, California. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in neuroscience before enrolling in a Ph.D. program. Last month he dropped out of the program. The spokesman of the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school, Jacque Montgomery described Holmes said that his withdrawal from the program was abrupt.
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He was described by his neighbors as an introvert, always taciturn. "No one knew him... No one," said an unnamed neighbor as reported by the New York Daily News.
At a midnight screening of the much awaited "The Dark Knight Rises," fans gathered many in costumes, dressed as characters from the movies. Holmes entered the Aurora theatre close to Denver, Colorado, he opened fire during the movie shooting over 70 people, killing 12 and injuring 69. Police caught him early Friday Morning.
Police soon discovered Homles apartment to be booby trapped and containing "buckets of ammunition," according to CBS News. Police soon evacuated all the people in the residence.
Today not just citizens of Colorado, but the entire nation grieves for the victims. In an address, President Barrack Obama said, "I was looking forward to having a fun conversation with you about some really important matters we face as a country ... the differences between myself and my opponent in this election...But this morning we woke up to news of a tragedy that reminds us of all the ways we are united as one American family...There are going to be other days for politics, This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection," as reported by CBS News.