After releasing cannisters of tear gas into the packed movie theater, he proceeded to calmly shoot members of the audience, picking off anyone who tried to escape along the aisles. Most of the movie-goers were between 15 and 25 years of age. When the gunman decided he was done, he exited the way he came, downed his weapon and gave himself up to police. A law enforcement source told CBS News the suspect was well-equipped, with one rifle, two handguns and a knife. There were also unidentified explosives found in his vehicle. He also informed them about "possible" explosives in his apartment. When Aurora police showed up at the University of Colorado medical campus address, they found his apartment rigged with trip wires, thousands of rounds of ammunition, jars full of highly flammable liquid that would explode on mixing and 30 improvised grenades. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said "I personally have never seen anything like what the pictures show us is in there."
pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Colorado. He had no previous history of trouble with the law.
Colleagues and friends have been coming forward to express shock that Holmes could be responsible for the shootout. Billy Kromka worked with Holmes for three months last summer and told the New York Times, "It was just shocking, because there was no way I thought he could have the capacity to commit an atrocity like this." A former high school classmate, Keith Goodwin, called Holmes a "generally pleasant guy," and stated that "James was certainly not someone I would have ever imagined shooting somebody." Dan Kim, a 23-year-old student at University of California San Diego, called Holmes a "super-nice kid," "kinda quiet" and "really smart."
Professors have also spoken favorably of Holmes, who was an honor student and "academically, he was at the top of the top." Kelly Huffman, an assistant professor of psychology at University of California Riverside described him as "a smart and quiet guy."
How many times before have we come across this glaring inconsistency between the cold hard facts of a shooting and the real character of the chief suspect? The 'crazed lone shooter' has no history of violence, let alone psychopathic tendencies, is evidently very intelligent and has great character references from friends and colleagues. It's always possible that he was hiding a dark side, but a medical student planning such an attack with tens of thousands of dollars worth of weapons, armor and sophisticated explosives, on his own and of his own volition, takes us into the realm of the bizarre.
Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: 70 Victims The Largest Mass ShootingThe FBI might be saying that now, but at least one witness described it differently, stating that he saw someone else let the gunman inside once the movie started. Here's what he told local TV station KCNC:
Holmes was apprehended within minutes of the 12:39 a.m. shooting at his car behind the theater, where police found him in full riot gear and carrying three weapons, including a AR-15 assault rifle, which can hold upwards of 100 rounds, a Remington 12 gauge shot gun, and a .40 Glock handgun. A fourth handgun was found in the vehicle.
According to police sources, Holmes told the officers arresting him that he was "The Joker," referring to the villain in the second installment of the Batman movie trilogy, The Dark Knight. He also warned police that he had booby-trapped his apartment, leading officers to evacuate the Aurora apartment building.
Police Chief Dan Oates said today that police and bomb squads have found a large number of explosive devices and trip wires at Holmes' apartment and have not yet decided how to proceed without setting off explosions.
At one point the shooter exited the theater only to wait outside the doors and pick off patrons as they tried to exit, witness Jennifer Seeger told "Good Afternoon America." [...]
Federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Holmes bought a ticket to the movie, slipped out of the theater once it began and propped open the emergency exit before gathering his weapons and gear and coming back into the theater. Once inside, he opened fire.
"As I was sitting down to get my seat, I noticed that a person came up to the front row, the front right, sat down, and as credits were going, it looked like he got a phone call. He went out toward the emergency exit doorway, which I thought was unusual to take a phone call. And it seemed like he probably pried it open, or probably did not let it latch all the way. As soon as the movie started, somebody came in, all black, gas mask, armor, and threw a gas can into the audience, and it went off, and then there were gunshots that took place."So Holmes probably had an accomplice. That makes sense because last time we tried, you can't walk through an emergency exit from the outside without it being opened from the inside.
One of the victims was young sports blogger named Jessica Ghawi. She was sharing her excitement about the screening via Twitter right up until the moment all hell broke loose. In yet another bizarre turn of events, it turns out that Jessica nearly met an identical fate just six weeks ago. Ghawi blogged at length on 5th June about surviving the Eaton Centre mall shooting in Toronto that killed two and injured several others.
I can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm's way. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.Then there's this FBI Roll Call Release published on 17 May declaring that terrorists are "interested in attacking theaters". How about that for incredible foreknowledge? First al Qaeda and forest fires and now this. All that remains is to concoct some connection between Holmes and anything Islamic and the US media will have a field day.
What started off as a trip to the mall to get sushi and shop, ended up as a day that has forever changed my life. I was on a mission to eat sushi that day, and when I'm on a mission, nothing will deter me. When I arrived at the Eaton Center mall, I walked down to the food court and spotted a sushi restaurant. Instead of walking in, sitting down and enjoying sushi, I changed my mind, which is very unlike me, and decided that a greasy burger and poutine would do the trick. I rushed through my dinner. I found out after seeing a map of the scene, that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot I just ate at and opened fire in the food court full of people. Had I had sushi, I would've been in the same place where one of the victims was found.
My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm. After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn't the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn't have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at SportChek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire.
shootout takes place in a movie theater. So just half an hour before the real thing, the slain Aurora audience may have watched four gunmen burst through the screen and fire automatic weapons into the (fictional) audience. The Gangster Squad trailer was scheduled to be paired with 30% of all this weekend's screenings of Dark Knight Rises until Warner Bros had swapped it with an alternative trailer. Even if the Aurora audience did not see this trailer, it is still a rather startling 'coincidence'.
Dark Knight Rises itself features a villain named Bane who wears a bulletproof vest and gas mask. Trailers for the movie show explosions at public events including a football game.
Given that the details surrounding this shooting point to it being a manufactured event, and that it comes on the heels of the bombing in Bulgaria, we again come to the conclusion that there is a concerted effort being made to spread fear among the global population and thereby reinforce people's dependence on 'strong leaders' to keep them safe from an existential threat - in this case, 'terrorists' and terrorism. The true (and very present) threat to humanity however can be measured by the extent to which the people buy into this manipulation and allow it to obscure the fact that our planet is currently undergoing a major change in the form of severe 'earth changes' that may herald an approaching 'sixth extinction' against which our 'strong leaders' are powerless to protect us. In addition, it may be possible that the extent of the 'earth changes' chaos on the planet at present (and in upcoming months) can be either mitigated or exacerbated depending on whether the masses of humanity begin to wake up to what is going on around them or continue to be bamboozled by the diversionary tactics of the ruling elite.