James Holmes: 'I Am The Joker', Aurora Shooting Suspect 'Claimed To Be Batman Nemesis' (PICTURES)

20/07/2012 21:52 | Updated 23 July 2012

The man suspected of killing 12 people at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises is alleged to have cried: "I am the joker" before opening fire.


The 24-year-old is a former student from University of Colorado Medical School.

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James Holmes is suspected of opening fire and killing 12 people at a cinema


The Holmes family, who live in San Diego, have spoken of their sadness at the tragedy.

Reading out a statement on their behalf, Lieutenant Andra Brown of the SD Police Department, said: "Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy."

"We ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time... We are still trying to process this information and appreciate that people respect our privacy."

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An earlier photo of Holmes, believed to have been taken from a school yearbook

Speaking outside the family home, Lt Brown confirmed the suspect attended high school in San Diego before pursing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Denver.


Holmes’ mother was inside the house, accompanied by friends, Brown confirmed. The family had apparently been made aware of the developing incident by the media.

The tragedy unfolded at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora near Denver, when a gunman burst into the theatre and hurled tear gas before opening fire.

Holmes, 24, was arrested in the car park and is being held in custody. He was reportedly armed with a rifle and two handguns.

He told police his apartment, five miles from the cinema, housed explosives.


Police search the apartment of the suspect

Police are currently working out how to disarm the device.

Aurora police chief Dan Oates, said: "We are very concerned about getting in there and getting the evidence."


"It looks pretty sophisticated," he added.

Bomb experts from several security agencies are at the scene, as are a fleet of fire trucks.

07/22/2012 8:48 PM EDT

Obama Speaks After Meeting With Victims

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Obama: Scripture says that he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more...

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Obama: We can all understand what it would be like to have someone that we love taken from us in this fashion

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Obama: I also had the chance to give folks some hugs and to shed some tears ... and also to share some laughs.

07/22/2012 8:30 PM EDT

Columbine Survivors Reach Out To Victims

The AP reports:

The images brought it all back for survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre. The blood. The tears. The confusion and the heartache, the elusive search for a reason why.

Paralyzed in the Columbine shootings, Anne Marie Hochhalter, now 30, says friends still reach out to alert her to prepare for disturbing images on the news. She got a text message Friday morning when she woke up. Warning, it said. There was another one, this time close to home.

Hochhalter took a deep breath and turned on the TV.

"My heart just fell," Hochhalter said Sunday. "It brought back a lot – flashbacks from that day. At the time I was so hurt I wasn't watching the news, you know, watching it like other people were. But this time, I was right there, seeing it all."

Columbine students who survived what in 1999 was the worst school massacre in U.S. history are re-living their own experiences. And they're banding together to try to help. On Facebook and by phone, they are reaching out to people who witnessed Friday's early-morning slayings of 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora.

Young people were victims and witnesses in both shootings. The Columbine survivors are telling those at the movie theater that the road ahead of them won't be easy.

Click here to read more.

07/22/2012 8:29 PM EDT

Campaign Ads Off The Air

Reuters reports:

President Barack Obama's re-election team, maintaining an unofficial time-out on full-scale campaigning following a deadly shooting at a movie theater, said on Sunday it will keep its advertisements off the airwaves in Colorado for the rest of the week.

Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney both set aside the previously harsh tone of the November 6 election campaign to speak soothingly to the nation on Friday, after the shooting rampage that killed 12 at a midnight movie screening outside Denver.

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07/22/2012 7:57 PM EDT

More On Obama's Visit

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Sat down with President Obama. He has been incredible. He too has agreed not to mention the shooter's name.

07/22/2012 6:23 PM EDT

Obama Lands In Colorado

The AP reports:

President Barack Obama dashed to Colorado on Sunday to meet with families of those gunned down in a movie theater and to hear from state and local officials about the shooting that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.

Air Force One touched down at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora late Sunday afternoon for the president's hastily arranged 2 1/2-hour visit, which includes a private meeting with the victims' loved ones and perhaps a public comment about the shooting early Friday morning at a busy multiplex.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates were among those who greeted Obama at Buckley.

The president is expected to speak at 7:30 p.m. ET.

07/22/2012 6:20 PM EDT

Shooting Suspect Reportedly Not Cooperating

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Police in Aurora, Colo. say shooting suspect James Holmes is not cooperating with authorities - @SkyNewsBreak

07/22/2012 12:49 PM EDT

First Video Of Shooting Suspect Emerges

ABC on Sunday aired a clip of shooting suspect James Eagen Holmes. The clip showed Holmes discussing the idea of "temporal illusion" at science camp when he was 18.

"It's an illusion that allows you to change the past," he says.

To watch the video, click here.

07/22/2012 12:31 PM EDT

Shooting Victims Identified

Authorities have identified the 12 victims who were killed early Friday morning in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting.

The deceased included an aspiring sports reporter, a 6-year-old girl and a man celebrating his birthday.

For more about the victims, read the AP's report.

07/22/2012 12:22 PM EDT

LISTEN: Graphic Audio Of Colorado Shooting Aftermath

Audio of the first hour of the police and fire response to the Colorado shooting was made available this weekend via

To listen to the recordings, click here (warning: extremely graphic content).

07/22/2012 9:10 AM EDT

Official: Suspect's Gun Reportedly Jammed During Attack

James Holmes' gun jammed during the attack, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press.

The claim was made based on leftover bullets found in a magazine at the crime scene, the official said. The jam likely caused the suspect to change weapons in the middle of the attack.

More on this story here.

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