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James Holmes, the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado
James E. Holmes
Police in Aurora, Colorado, have arrested James Eagan Holmes, 24, in the killing of 12 and injuring of at least 38 people at a midnight premiere showing of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

• KMGH TV has reported the police as saying Holmes is not cooperating. He is slated to appear for arraignment in court on Monday.

• The FBI states that Holmes is a white male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall. He was born on Dec. 13, 1987.

• Holmes had attended high school in San Diego. His mother still lives there. Family members have said their "hearts go out" to the victims.

• He enrolled as a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Medical Center in 2011. He was in the process of withdrawing from that program.

• The U.S. Army, concerned over speculation that the shooter might have been a veteran — and eager to stifle the meme of the psychotic veteran before it spread — felt compelled to email that a database check of the suspect resulted in “no evidence suggest[ing] this individual served in the Army.”
• Holmes was dressed in black, wearing a gas mask and a bullet-resistant vest. He was carrying several firearms, including two handguns, what has been described as an "AK-47-style" assault rifle, and a shotgun.


10:19 AM PT: CNN is reporting that the assault rifle is a "knock-off" of an AR-15 (the civlian, semi-automatic version of the military M-16).

The University of California, Riverside, has confirmed that James Holmes graduated with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience in 2010.

10:59 AM PT: Police spokesman now saying that 71 people shot. Some rounds penetrated into another theater and one person was injured as a result.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 09:52 AM PDT.

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