James Holmes was no joker and planned shooting in advance
The smiling photograph of James Holmes is seemingly not the depiction of a calculating mass-murderer. The 24 year old entered the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” and opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring a reported 59 more.
The perpetrator – who was clad in all black clothing and wore body armor — acted solo and used an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a .40-caliber handgun in the attack. Another handgun was also found in his car, which was parked outside of the theater. He is in custody, and Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said “We are confident that he acted alone,” and added that “many, many” rounds were fired.
Earlier, police said Holmes’ apartment was booby trapped, leading authorities to evacuate five surrounding buildings. Chief Oates indicated that bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable and/or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. He said police could be there some time, adding “We have an active and difficult scene there.”
KUSA-TV in Denver reports that Holmes kicked down an emergency door at the theater, threw in some manner of smoke bomb and began shooting as moviegoers started to run for their lives. The bodies of the 10 victims who died at the theater remained at the scene early Friday while police continued to investigate, according to the Denver Post. Sources told Fox News that at least 3 military service members from Buckley Air Force Base, located in Aurora, were among those injured.
What drove James Egan Holmes to plot and then carry out this act of horror with a total lack of empathy? Why would he rig his apartment with explosives prior to committing this diabolical crime that would result in at least 12 deaths and injure four times as many?
What will the ripple-effects of this monstrous act of evil be: Will you still feel safe going out to the movies?