Colo. movie shooting suspect from Southern Calif.

Colorado Shooter From Southern California

SAN DIEGO - A 24-year-old college student accused of killing at
least a dozen people and injuring 38 others in a massacre in a Colorado movie
theater early today graduated from a high school in Rancho Penasquitos, where
his parents still live.

Around daybreak, San Diego police officers went to a two-story home on
Sparren Avenue to provide security for the family of James Holmes as media
crews began to assemble outside. Family friends identified Holmes as a 2006
graduate of Westview High School at 13500 Camino Del Sur, according to
broadcast reports.

Holmes is in custody in Colorado, accused of going into a midnight
showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" and opening fire on movie-
goers around 12:40 a.m. The motive is unclear.

Media began to gather outside the Rancho Penasquitos home after ABC News
phoned his mother early today and quoted her as confirming her relationship
to the alleged shooter.

"The police will be here as long as we're needed to preserve the peace
of the neighborhood," Lt. Andra Brown, a San Diego police spokeswoman, told

In a statement, the Holmes family said their hearts go out to the
victims of the shooting and their loved ones. They also asked the media to
respect the family's privacy and their neighbors.

"As you can understand, the Holmes family is very upset by this -- it's
a tragic event," Brown said, adding that family members are fully
cooperating with authorities both in San Diego and Colorado.

This morning's massacre took place in Aurora, nine miles outside Denver.
Holmes was taken into police custody in the theater's parking lot shortly
after the gunfire broke out, authorities said.

San Diego police Chief William Lansdowne said officers went to the
Sparren Avenue home to provide security to the Holmes family and assist Aurora
police by gathering information for that agency's investigation.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., police were spotted escorting a man out of the
Sparren Avenue home and whisking him away in an unmarked police sedan.

There was no immediate word on where the man was headed or his possible relation to the alleged shooter, but he was carrying what appeared to be luggage.

Brown later said the man was the suspect's father, but she declined to say where he was going.

Holmes allegedly wore what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest and riot-
type mask as he opened fire in the Century Aurora 16 movie theater with three
weapons. Authorities said at least 12 people died and 38 were wounded.

The theater is about five miles from Holmes' Aurora third-story
apartment, which was being searched by police for explosives and more weapons.
Holmes apparently acted alone, authorities said.

comments powered by Disqus

Photo Galleries

  • World's most empathetic countries
    Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

    World's most empathetic countries

    Michigan State University has put together a list of the most empathetic countries. Researchers interviewed more than 100,000 adults from 63 countries and found "higher empathy countries also have higher levels of collectivism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, self-esteem, emotionality, subjective well-being, and prosocial behavior." Find out the top 10 countries that made the list.

    Read More »
  • On this day: October 22
    Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

    On this day: October 22

    The first parachute jump takes place, "Pretty Boy" Floyd is gunned down, football meets television, and The Supremes top the charts, all on this day.

    Read More »
  • Everything you wanted to know about the Electoral College
    William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

    Everything you wanted to know about the Electoral College

    The person ahead in the popular vote might not actually win the presidency. Why? The Electoral College takes the final vote -- not us.

    Read More »
  • Best Clinton, Trump lines from Alfred E. Smith dinner

    Best Clinton, Trump lines from Alfred E. Smith dinner

      Less than a day after their heated final presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded shots at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner. Here's a look at the most memorable lines from the event.

    Read More »
  • Most popular Halloween pet costumes
    John Moore/Getty Images

    Most popular Halloween pet costumes

    Halloween isn't just for humans to dress in costume. About 16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets up too, according to the National Retail Federation. The group put together a list of the top costumes for pets. Click through to see what made the list, including the devil.

    Read More »