24 year old James Eagan Holmes is in police custody. He’s suspected of killing at least 14 people and wounding 59 in a shooting spree carried out in Theater 9 at the Century 16’s movie theater during the midnight premier of Christopher Nolan’s 2012 Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, a suburbs of Denver, Colorado, USA.
Further info on James Eagan Holmes with more detailed bio is still emerging. I will update this post as more info becomes available. This is what is known so far:
James Eagan Holmes was born on December 13, 1987 and raised in San Diego, California. In 2006 James E. Holmes graduated from Westview High School in San Diego. In 2012 he obtained an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from University of California, Riverside. He then attempted to obtain a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora but dropped out in June 2012 (which means he’s a recent University of Colorado drop out).
His acquaintances said James Holmes was a generally pleasant person who showed no signs of violence. He was also described as a bit of a loner and as regular church goer. Give people who “show no sign of violence” access to guns and it’s only a question of time before they realize how easy it is to use them on people.
On July 20,2012 wearing a gas mask and a bulletproof vest, about half an hour into the Batman movie, James Eagan Holmes entered the movie theater through an emergency door, threw a smoke bomb into the audience and started shooting. He was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 12-gauge Remington Model 870 shotgun, and a .40 caliber Glock handgun. The shooter had one more Glock handgun which he kept as a backup weapon in his white colored Hyundai car which was parked behind the cinema.
As a side note – I recall a few weeks ago I listened to an AM radio while driving through a remote area with no FM signal. The host was reporting on a research by a US based university the name of which I forgot. According to the research paper, The two US states with the highest occurrence of violence were the state of Texas and the state of Missouri. The research team also looked at the gun ownership statistics by the state and not surprisingly, the two US states with the highest gun ownership rates were the state of Texas and the state of Missouri. I’m sure this was just a random coincidence.
Some photos of Aurora movie theater shooter James Eagan Holmes: