Batman shooting suspect was never on profilers’ lists
HE IS someone with no apparent criminal past – but is now suspected of carrying out the worst shooting in the US for years.
Details about James Holmes, the 24-year-old alleged to have walked into a Denver cinema and randomly shot at movie-goers, were beginning to emerge last night, as America struggles to come to terms with the atrocity.
The FBI has been able to confirm that the 6ft 3in tall white American has no “significant criminal history”. The only thing on his record is a “minor” driving penalty from last year.
It is also understood that he had no military background and had not been identified as a danger by any authorities, meaning he was on no watch list. No indications that such an attack was being planned have been found on any social media websites.
Holmes’s apartment in the suburb of Aurora, five miles from the Century 16 cinema, is now central to the police investigation and is rigged with explosives.
He attended high school in San Diego, California, and went to university in Colorado, according to Andrea Brown of San Diego Police. Media have flocked to the area of San Diego where Holmes’s family live and police were called to “preserve the peace”, she added.
Speaking to ABC News, a woman identifying herself as Holmes’s mother said that authorities “have the right person” and said she needed to “fly out to Colorado” as soon as possible.
The choice of film being shown at Century 16 may prove to be significant, as the gunman was wearing body armour and a mask over his face, similar to that worn by one of the characters in the new Batman film. But as yet, there is no clear motive for the crime that has shocked a nation.
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