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AP Source: James Holmes, ‘Dark Knight’ shooting suspect, not cooperating

July 20, 2012

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— The suspect in a shooting that killed or wounded 71 people early Friday in a suburban Denver movie theater is not talking to investigators, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press.

This photo provided by the University of Colorado shows James Holmes. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery says 24-year-old Holmes, who police say is the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. Holmes is suspected of shooting into a crowd at a movie theater killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.

This photo provided by the University of Colorado shows James Holmes. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery says 24-year-old Holmes, who police say is the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. Holmes is suspected of shooting into a crowd at a movie theater killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.

Eyewitness Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interview by police outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning Friday, July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into the crowded movie theater killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.

Eyewitness Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interview by police outside Gateway High School where witnesses were brought for questioning Friday, July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into the crowded movie theater killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing the ongoing case. The person also said police found jars of chemicals in James Holmes' booby trapped Aurora apartment with wires nearby.

Those who knew the 24-year-old describe him as a shy, intelligent person raised in California by parents who were active in their well-to-do suburban neighborhood.

Holmes, who was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program in Colorado, grew up in San Diego, where his parents still live on a quiet, street of two-story homes with red tile roofs. He played soccer at Westview High School and ran cross country before going to college.

Neighbors say the family belonged to a Presbyterian church and hosted a Christmas party for residents. Many families choose the San Diego neighborhood because it is part of the well-regarded Poway Unified School District, one of the best in California.

On Friday morning, police escorted the suspect's father, a manager of a software company, from their San Diego home. The mother, a nurse, stayed inside, receiving family visitors who came to offer support. The suspect also has a younger sister.

San Diego police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown, spoke to reporters in the driveway of the Holmes' home, on behalf of the family.

"As you can understand, the Holmes family is very upset about all of this," she said. "It's a tragic event and it's taken everyone by surprise. They are definitely trying to work through this."

The family in a written statement said "our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Police in Colorado said Holmes fired into a crowded movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora while wearing a gas mask, killing 12 people and wounding 59 others. He was in police custody in Colorado and the FBI said there was no indication the attack was tied to any terrorist groups.

There have been no indications so far that Holmes had any run-ins with the law before Friday. San Diego Superior Court spokeswoman Karen Dalton said there were no records found under his name, not even for a traffic ticket. Riverside County prosecutors also have no criminal record for him, said John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney's office.

A furniture mover who lives several blocks from the suspect's Aurora apartment building said he shared a beer with him Tuesday at a neighborhood bar where they talked about Denver Bronco Peyton Manning.

Jackie Mitchell said he recognized Holmes' photo on television as the guy he met at the bar. He described him as smart with a "swagger."

"We just talked about football. He had a backpack and geeky classes and seemed like a real intelligent guy and I figured he was one of the college students," he said.

There was no reference made to a planned shooting, Mitchell said.

Anthony Mai, a 16-year-old who grew up next door to Holmes, said Holmes largely kept to himself but his behavior was nothing out of the ordinary.

"He felt a little bit concealed, but it wasn't too much. It was alright" he said. "This is just a feeling in my gut, but I felt like he had something, like he was being picked on or something."

His father, Tom Mai, a retired electrical engineer, said he was a "shy guy" who came from a "very, very nice family."

Rose To said the Holmes family set up chairs in their garage for the Christmas party a few years ago, giving neighbors a chance to mingle.

"They were really nice people, good neighbors," she said.

Mai said the mother told him the suspect couldn't find a job after earning a master's degree from a University of California school and so went back for another degree.

Holmes graduated from University of California, Riverside, in the spring of 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience, said university spokesman Sean Nealon. No other details were immediately available about his life on campus, Nealon said.

In 2011, Holmes enrolled in the Ph.D. neuroscience program at the University of Colorado-Denver but was in the process of withdrawing, said spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery. University officials earlier said he was a student at the university's medical school.

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Associated Press writers Eileen Sullivan in Washington, Amy Taxin in Orange County, Calif., and Dan Elliott and Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.

Comments

fiddleback 1 year, 9 months ago

No offense to Duke, but am I the only one who sees this resemblance?

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 9 months ago

Pull a stunt like that on me and you'll be leaving in a body bag.

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Rich Noever 1 year, 9 months ago

If this human debris is not giving information, waterboard him.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 9 months ago

"A furniture mover who lives several blocks from the suspect's Aurora apartment building said he shared a beer with him Tuesday at a neighborhood bar where they talked about Denver Bronco Peyton Manning."

That's probably true, but who knows what other voices were having a conversation inside the boy's head while he talked about sports.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 9 months ago

Who's upset bozo? Seems more agree with my assessment so take a walk!

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 9 months ago

I would say he stopped cooperating the moment he started blowing people away. There really isn't much to investigate at this point and no matter how hard one trys they will never be able to make any sense out of why he did what he did. It's a terrible tradgedy and my heart goes out to those affected by it. Unfortunatly we have to move foward in life no matter how hard that might be. Its unfortunate, but this is the society we live in now. More people, more stress, more crime, more everything. Doesn't make it right, but it is what it is. You can try to take all the guns away, but these things will still happen from time to time.

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northtowngrl 1 year, 9 months ago

In my opinion, THIS is what makes him a coward... While opening fire in dark theater and shooting randomly at innocent people. HE was protected from harm as much as possible by wearing a ballistic vest, leg guards, neck guard, groin guard, helmet and gloves. If he wasn't so cowardly, he'd of been dressed just like everyone else.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, he created a dangerous situation for everyone but himself.

Get a life bozo and go get on a bus. Leave the rest of us to bashing this cowardly, sadistic(happy?) waste of life.

If you can't see what makes you a jerk there is no point in trying to show you. Carry on dissecting people's comments and trying to be the smartest Internet guy ever.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 9 months ago

Coward def is afraid of a dangerous situation. Guy gets a bunch of guns and wants to be a killer but decides to go pick on innocent people. Thus avoiding a dangerous situation that could get him hurt/killed. Movie theatres in Colorado are gun free zones so he knew it would a situation with no retaliation. Seems cowardly to me but yes sadistic also works. Try accepting someone else's point of view or opinion you jerk.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 9 months ago

Whatever the police 'do', don't 'waterboard' him. That would be mean and hateful.

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commonsenseanyone 1 year, 9 months ago

It means he went in and hurt/killed a bunch of unarmed innocent people. Not very difficult to understand.

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