Abby here – posting for Greta while she’s on her way to Aurora, Colorado. More information is coming out about movie massacre suspect James Holmes. Check out this article from FoxNews.com:
Grad school dropout’s horrific attack came out of nowhere
The 24-year-old man who police say walked into a Colorado movie theater and sprayed patrons with gunfire is a grad school dropout who grew up in San Diego and had only one known brush with the law — a traffic ticket last year.
Police say James Egan Holmes burst into the crowded Century 16 movie theaters where midnight showings of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Returns” were airing in five theaters and opened fire with three guns, killing at least 12 and injuring scores. What snapped in the neuroscience student’s brain is unclear, and his family was as stunned as anyone by the deadly outburst.
“You have the right person,” Holmes’ mother, later identified as Arlene Holmes, told ABC News. “I need to call the police … I need to fly out to Colorado.”
A man who lives next door to the family said Holmes seemed to be shy. Tom Mai said the mother told him Holmes couldn’t find a job after earning a master’s degree from a public university in California.
Holmes, who stands 6-foot-3, graduated from San Diego’s Westfield High School in 2006, Poway Unified School District confirmed to Fox News. A gifted student, he studied neuroscience at nearby University of California-Riverside, where he graduated in 2010. Last fall, he began graduate work in the same discipline at University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver until last month, according to school spokeswoman Jackie Montgomery. She did not know why he dropped out.
A college syllabus shows classes Holmes would have taken included topics such as diverse as substance abuse, schizophrenia, depression and other disorders.
Holmes described himself last year in an apartment rental application as “quiet and easy going,” the Denver Post reports.
Holmes, who is in police custody and is reportedly not cooperating with authorities, appears to have meticulously planned the horrific attack, booby-trapping his apartment near the Aurora, Colo., with what police described as “incendiary and chemical devices” equipped with sophisticated tripwires. At the cinema, he entered through a fire door he’d previously left open and then set off some sort of explosive before opening fire with multiple guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and at least one .40-caliber Glock handgun.
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