Photo Released of James Holmes, 24-Year-Old Colorado Shooter


CBS News just released the above photo of James Holmes, responsible for the deaths of at least 12 people this morning in Aurora, Colorado at the Dark Knight Rises screening.

Neighbors say Holmes was a recluse and a medical drop-out who kept to himself:

In an apartment rental application he submitted early last year, Holmes described himself as a "quiet and easy-going" student. Other tenants in his building — which is reserved for students, faculty and staff of the medical campus — described him as a recluse.

A pharmacy student who also lives in the building told The Post he called 911 around 12:30 a.m. because there was a song blaring from the stereo inside apartment 10, where Holmes lived. The student, who wanted to be identified only as Ben, said he couldn't make out the song but that it seemed to be the same one playing on repeat.

He also said Holmes kept to himself and wouldn't acknowledge people when they passed in the hall and said hello.

"No one knew him. No one," Ben said.

Police found his apartment booby-trapped with "pretty sophisticated" explosive devices.

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  1. what we're experiencing is the new-millennial version of age-old sociopathic aspirations of infamy.

    like with luka magnotta, and other killers who believe their own hype.

    i'm not sure how, if at all, this will be addressed in the public forum. these are cases of people who are wholly interested in destroying other people's lives so that they may become some Murderous Footnote in forensics history or something.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 20, 2012 12:36:38 PM

  2. Gee wonder if he is a right winger?

    Posted by: Jacques Rosas | Jul 20, 2012 12:47:03 PM

  3. "Chicago" looks more and more prophetic every year (it was released in 2002)--the tagline on the poster was, "If you can't be infamous." Since to be an American these days is to seek fame/validation every single way possible (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter), we are going to see more and more discontented people trying to "make their mark" in other, more disturbing ways. (You can also go listen to the song "Everybody's Got A Right" from "Assassins," which becomes more and more true with every passing year as well.)

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 20, 2012 12:48:19 PM

  4. Seems more like a left wing anarchist to me Jacques.

    Posted by: Terry | Jul 20, 2012 12:51:25 PM

  5. ABC News reported that he's a Tea Partier. Breitbart reported that he's a Democrat.

    Who effin' cares? He's a psychopath who shouldn't have guns.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 20, 2012 12:55:30 PM

  6. as long as he's not gay,I don't care

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 20, 2012 1:09:46 PM

  7. I thought, let's see what the gay have to say about this and here is the report: you are no better than anyone else, right wing, tea party, liberal, left wing. You politicize the most apolitical of events rendering them stupid and senseless, which is what they are. Caqn't wait to hear the comment about how hot he is....A holes.

    Posted by: Reginald | Jul 20, 2012 1:10:01 PM

  8. reginald - attempt some intellectual discernment. what are YOUR thoughts on this?

    so far, what i've read online, we have GOP members talking about how this is an attack on biblical values (louie gohmert) and more people calling for stricter gun control (i guess they're the liberals you're talking about?)

    so, what point are you tying to make?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 20, 2012 1:14:47 PM

  9. Yes we are far better than the majority, REGINALD, for it is the majority of straight males who murder, rape, war-mong,etc. Don't lie. No, gay men aren't perfect, but we are a far gentler people.

    Posted by: nikko | Jul 20, 2012 1:15:10 PM

  10. @Reginald
    You got to love people who judge an entire population of people based on one corner of the internet.

    Posted by: Anon | Jul 20, 2012 1:17:42 PM

  11. Were the f--K are these guns coming from? Maybe you can't control the wackos out there but there has got to be away of accounting for these the guns.I so damn tired of politicians cowering to the NRA/Republicans. Mayor Bloomberg being the exception he is spot on!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 20, 2012 1:24:13 PM

  12. @Reginald

    No, this isn't the most apolitical of events. Gun control is political, and this event shows that we desperately need it.

    Posted by: BenR | Jul 20, 2012 1:30:10 PM

  13. The shooter seems to be imitating the tactics, behavior, and chaos of the Joker character in the last movie. The ambushing of innocent crowds, gunplay, random anarchy and boobytrapped explosives are all parallels to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker. This seems like a sick, evil homage to that performance and Christopher Nolan's depiction of the Batman universe. We may never know why the shooter identified so strongly with the character of the Joker, but it seems clear that the parallels were intentional.

    Posted by: photo_robb | Jul 20, 2012 1:32:39 PM

  14. How does this have anything to do with the Joker?? You could argue that any violent public incident is inspired by the Joker given that logic.

    Any targeting of a public crowd is a targeting of innocents, and any such event is by definition chaotic and anarchic. And if you want to cause a lot of death in a few moments without killing yourself, you either use a gun or remote explosives.

    Maybe the guy just wanted to have power over a guaranteed crowded venue with a lot of captive potential victims, and guaranteed media attention.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jul 20, 2012 1:48:02 PM

  15. TMZ posting another photo of the guy looking well... very churchy!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Jul 20, 2012 1:49:08 PM

  16. @Photo_Robb: Sorry, your theory doesn't carry any water. If it was an homage to the Joker, he would have painted his face like the Joker.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 20, 2012 1:56:52 PM

  17. His weird eyebrows are distracting. As is his insane half-smile.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 20, 2012 1:57:09 PM

  18. @Stefan: The kid reported called himself 'the Joker' to the police.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Jul 20, 2012 1:59:13 PM

  19. @Stefan: The kid reported called himself 'the Joker' to the police.

    Posted by: AggieCowboy | Jul 20, 2012 1:59:15 PM

  20. My bad. I just read the latest reports that he was wearing a red wig and calling himself The Joker.


    Posted by: endo | Jul 20, 2012 2:04:39 PM

  21. What I don't understand is that his mother almost seems to have been waiting for something like this to happen. When reporters (not the police) contacted her she said something like, "I'm sure they have the right person" and didn't deny or even be surprised that her son could be involved.

    If you're pretty sure that someone you know, even love, is capable of something like this, maybe even building toward it, shouldn't you, oh I don't know, WARN SOMEBODY?!

    Tempting as it is we should ALL hold off on assigning blame for this on political messages. This guy is mentally ill and I've seen different motives suggested for this attack from the Left AND the Right. Some have suggested that the attack was motivated by what he perceived to be an attack on the OWS movement characterized by the villain Bane in the movie. (No evidence was given in the article that he was involved in OWS but who not a lot of detail about him has been released.) Others are saying the idiotic Bane/Bain conspiracy theory is behind it. My point is that we don't know so I'd be careful about throwing a lot of blame around ahead of the facts because that blame may well come to rest in a place you don't like.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 20, 2012 2:09:22 PM

  22. The photo of James Holmes looks weirdly like Cillian Murphy.

    Posted by: mudduck | Jul 20, 2012 2:15:17 PM

  23. @MUDDUCK I totally agree. That was my very first thought, that he looked like a Batman villain. Also presciently wearing orange, as if he were already in a prison jumpsuit.

    Posted by: Feral | Jul 20, 2012 2:19:38 PM

  24. the person who blamed his mother (and anyone else thinking of doing the same) should be ashamed. There's little a parent - or any relative - of a disturbed person can do. The individual must be so unhinged that they can't pull it together to give a good interview to a psychiatrist.
    My heart breaks for the victims' families. And also for the gunman's family.

    Posted by: dw | Jul 20, 2012 2:22:01 PM

  25. well..when it comes to "what can parents do" i can't help but think about the parents of the Columbine kids. did anyone see 'we need to talk about kevin"?

    it's a reality - sociopathic behaviors in children are often completely and utterly ignored.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 20, 2012 2:24:39 PM

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