Details Emerge About Suspect in Movie Massacre

Friday, 20 Jul 2012 12:18 PM

By Newsmax Wires

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The man who reportedly fired into a crowded theater during a screening of the latest "Batman" installment was a former medical student who had been a candidate for a PhD at the Univeristy of Colorado, according to news reports.

James Holmes, 24, is believed to  be the man in a gas mask who barged into the crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 38  others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

When the smoke began to spread, some moviegoers thought it was a stunt that was part of the "The Dark Knight Rises," one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer. They saw a silhouette of a person in the haze near the screen, first pointing a gun at the crowd and then shooting.

Holmes, the suspect, had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols, and police are continuing to search his apartment, which was booby trapped. Authorities say they have no motive for the shooting. The FBI said there was no indication of ties to any terrorist groups.

FBI agents and police used a hook and ladder fire truck to reach Holmes' apartment in Aurora, police Chief Dan Oates said. They put a camera at the end of a 12-foot pole inside the apartment, and discovered that the unit was booby trapped. Authorities evacuated five buildings as they tried to determine how to disarm flammable and explosive material.

Police released a written statement from Holmes' family: "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved."

Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver until last month, spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. She did not know when he started school or why he withdrew.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Man in Dallas With Ebola Initially Sent Home With Antibiotics

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 08:27 AM

A man with Ebola in Dallas was initially sent home from the hospital with antibiotics after seeking treatment for an unk . . .

Derek Jeter Launches site to Connect Athletes to Fans

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 08:18 AM

Derek Jeter was one of the world's most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. . . .

Glaxo's Ebola Vaccine, Rejected by WHO, Now Best Hope Amid Outbreak

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 07:28 AM

The calls started coming in August to the office of GlaxoSmithKline Plc Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty from the he . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved