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UPDATE: Colorado Massacre Suspect Graduated From UCR, Officials Confirm

James Holmes, 24, is accused of killing 12 and injuring 58.

UPDATE 1:13 p.m.: A 24-year-old man who is accused of massacring a dozen people and injuring 58 others at a midnight showing of the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, in a Colorado movie theater, attended college at UC Riverside and was an exceptional student.

James Holmes graduated with honors from UCR with a BS in neuroscience in the Spring of 2010. He attended the university on a merit-based scholarship and his dates of attendance were Fall 2006 through Spring 2010, according to the university. The suspect had no history of contact with UCR police during his time at the school.

Accordiing to UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White, Holmes' academic achievements made him "the top of the top."

Holmes was taken into police custody in the Century Aurora 16 movie theater parking lot after gunfire broke out around 12:40 a.m. Friday, authorities have confirmed.

Holmes allegedly wore what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest and riot-type mask as he opened fire in the movie theater with three weapons. He allegedly hurled a gas canister inside the crowded theater. As smoke from the canister spread, audience members watching The Dark Knight Rises at the suburban Denver theater saw the silhouette of a person materialize near the screen, point a gun at the crowd and begin shooting, apparently without a word, The Associated Press reported.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the suspect's hair was dyed or painted red.

Some of the victims were treated for chemical exposure, including a 4-month-old baby, who was treated at a hospital and released, according to The Associated Press.

The theater is about five miles from Holmes' Aurora third-story apartment, which was being searched by police for explosives and more weapons. The Associated Press reported the apartment appeared to have been booby-trapped and was being evacuated.

Holmes apparently acted alone, authorities said. The motive was unclear.

Details are emerging that show Holmes to be a young student who hailed from San Diego and didn’t get into any trouble. He was pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, but was in the process of withdrawing from the program. University of Colorado Hospital spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said she didn't know why he was exiting the program.

Holmes is a 2006 graduate of Westview High School in Poway. A search of San Diego Superior Court shows Holmes has no local record—not even a traffic ticket, said Karen Dalton, a public affairs officer with the court.

A press release from the Poway Unified School District says Dr. John Collins, the district superintendent, was contacted by the San Diego Police Department regarding the alleged shooter.

“On behalf of the Poway Unified School District, Superintendent Collins joins the rest of the nation in offering our deepest condolences to the victims and their families,” the release stated.

The suspected shooter's family, who live in Rancho Penaquitos, released the following statement:

"Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California, and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy."

The Aurora police department is leading the investigation, with assistance from agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Colorado is coordinating the federal law enforcement response and working closely with the state District Attorney’s office with respect to any federal, state, or local charges that might be applicable, according to Foxworth.

San Diego police provided security Friday to the Rancho Penasquitos home of Holmes’ mother.

Arlene Holmes told ABC News that her son is the man accused in this morning's massacre.

Around daybreak, San Diego police officers were spotted in and outside of Arlene Holmes' residence in the Rancho Penasquitos area as media crews started to gather outside with video cameras. Police Chief William Lansdowne said the officers were there to provide security to the Holmes family and to 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 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.

The shooting has prompted the , according to Iowa City Patch local editor Stephen Schmidt.

The tragedy also scrubbed a, by first lady Michelle Obama, according to Fredricksberg Patch local editor Dan Telvock.

Antonio July 24, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Looks like you subscribe to a bunch of paranoid, right-wing web sites for the uneducated. Right?
Diana July 24, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Lyn, two men break into your house in the middle of the night you are in bed a sleep and wake to them standing over your bed, what are you going to do?
Antonio July 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
No one is advocating taking away peoples guns. Just some sensible rules against military style weapons and maybe better background checks, etc.
Cat July 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Probaby sit there and try to argue with them! :~0
Diana July 24, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Lyn, sorry I don't see it as being right-wing wacko, I see it as being in formed! Knowledge is power. Uneducated, I think not and I am also street smart and open minded and do not stick my head in the sand thinking that our Government is going to keep us all warm and fuzzy as they strip away my constitutional rights on a daily basis. Just sayin :)
Diana July 24, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Really, you believe that? There is no happy middle, those that want to strip us of our 2nd amendment rights are all over this.
Antonio July 24, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Sorry, but those referenced websites are biased. I could refer to left wing web sites but they are biased as well. If you want unbiased info you refer to unbiased, professional news sites such as; PBS Newshour, National Public Radio, or business press such as Bloomberg Business Week or CNBC. There are others. I don't think much of people who seek out information sources that agree with their existing point of view.
Antonio July 24, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I just saw a discussion on PBS Newshour over this issue. The democratic congresswoman said they same thing I did. Regulation against military style weapons is the goal. A representative from the CATO Institute was also on the discussion. This is where I get a lot of my info because you hear from all sides of an issue. Who knows I and you might learn something, that is if our minds are not closed.
Diana July 24, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Sorry Lyn, it is not a left wing, right wing issue, it is my Constitutional right to bear arms as an American even if you don't visit the sites posted by Vince or watch any news cast it is still our 2nd Amendment rights that the Government has been chipping away at for quite some time, long before this tragic incident ever happened.
Diana July 24, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Please don't misunderstand I know way condone what this young man did, I find it senseless and tragic and cannot even begin to imagine what went on during this massacre, however if one person in that theater had been armed there is a huge possibility that so many lives would not of been lost or wounded. A well regulated Militia or organized group in a state of emergency is a must, but in a circumstance such as this they would be deemed useless.
Vince July 24, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Since you are a fan of PBS, and they are fair minded, and well informed, you may find this interview on guns, and the 2nd Amendment to be rather interesting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAP7_DJRmvc
Vince July 24, 2012 at 02:13 AM
And also Lyn, being highly educated, and superior in the gray matter, as you seem to believe you are, that is still NO excuse for being ignorant to reality...but it is at the least...boring. Try another angle and maybe you'll get some sympathy for your obvious affliction...I think professionals call it: "Elitist Syndrome".
Vince July 24, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Well Lyn, your grasp of the meaning, and importance of individual words is surprising, being as how you are so darn smart, and "worldly"...I said you are ILL informed...note the difference?
Vince July 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Cat, actually, I find slapping (figuratively, of course) Lyn around is about the most fun I can have with my pants on...I'm jes' sayin'.
Vince July 24, 2012 at 02:55 AM
In all honesty Lyn, I made it clear through the 7th Grade----done my people proud too, being as how NOBODY in the family all the way back to 1927 had gotten through that grade level by my age (32)...one brother got that high up in the school system also, but he dropped out when his Social Security Checks starting coming in...
Antonio July 24, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Your a slow learner or more likely a non-learner. Ted Nugent is a well known right wing nut case. I do have his "greatest hits" though. He isn't someone who would provide a fair and balanced point of view.
Antonio July 24, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I guess I'm a slow learner too, because I just realized there really isn't any point in arguing with you all. Your minds are closed, so goodby.
Vince July 24, 2012 at 03:05 AM
And Lyn, just sos' you know, I woulda stuck it out clean through High School probably, but I was unceremoniously dismissed from school for, and I quote: "An inappropriate relationship" with my 7th Grade teacher...heck, she was 8 years younger'n me, but the District Power's still decided it wudn't right---I'd cypher up the age difference for ya, but I don't wanna take off my shoes right now,,,but i think that made her about 22 or so at the time....maybe?
Cat July 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
@Lyn, they found & detinated bombs that this psycho had made in his apt. 'IF' he would have thrown bombs instead, I'm sure there would have been more casualties right? So in an ironic way, his choice of weapons then probably lessened the amount of carnage. Sick people are always going to find a way to accomplish their mission. You can't blame the guns themselves. Now as far as the ability to get one goes, he showed no crazy tendancies on his back ground checks. If anyone else in that audience had a gun themselves & had the ability as well as good aim, you must admit that might have stopped him. You can not deprive everyone of their right to bear arms, just because of a few sociopaths. If civil unrest broke out here, would you really want to be unarmed? Gun control is just a way to try and chip away at our constitutional rights.
Vince July 24, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Lyn....finally you show some inherent intelligence 'neath your Tough Elitist Shell!! I got's the feeling that you finally came to realize that you are underGUNNED, and the "cheese balls" you are tossing in defense of your position (the one that you are parroting, so I s'pose it REALLY isn't YOUR'S---as it were) is NO match for the "heavy artillery, rockets and grenades" raining down upon you from every angle conceiveable...Gotta say it has been fun exchanging ideas with you though....well, "fun" in a twisted sorta way...and do tell, does REALITY suck, or not, because you been gettin' dosed with it on a continuing basis throughout this Thread....come back and answer that question, please?
Cat July 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
She can't Vince....she's been out gunned.....:~/
Constant Comment July 24, 2012 at 03:56 AM
The military utilize "full-automatic" weapons. The AR-15 (the one used in Colorado) is a "semi-automatic" firearm. There is a vast difference in rate of fire between the two. The military version is not for sale to the likes of you and me. The semi-automatic rife is not a military style weapon. Definately not an assault rifle. Looks can be deceiving.
Constant Comment July 24, 2012 at 03:59 AM
My idea of "gun control" is hitting what I am aiming at!
Vince July 24, 2012 at 04:11 AM
And ol' Lyn just reminded me of yet another story!! About 25 years back I was at a Chamber Mixer, and was having a conversation with a fella about the duck hunting trip I had just gotten back from, I had been all up in Tule Lake, CA...and I didn't realize it, but this ELITIST PROFESSIONAL woman had been eavesdropping on our conversation, and she had her a notion to break into the conversation. Which she did, and so she blurts out, "Oh, a hunter, huh?" And so I replied, "Yes Ma'am....a hunter." And then she decides that she has a BURNING question for me to answer, and so she says, she says: "AND SO THEN, what do you do with these ducks you KILL (visualize icycles on her use of: 'KILL") , and jeez, talk about a PRIME "set-up" to knock her off her high horse---but I didn't take it....instead I said, "I eat 'em." That wasn't good enough for her, so then she wanted to know how I "prepared" them...damnit, yet ANOTHER prime opportunity ("maybe with wine, candles and porno movies" woulda got through her thick skull...but piss her off BIG TIME to be sure) but I let the moment pass...So I said, "Well, sometimes I fry 'em, roast 'em, barbeque 'em, or make them into Shishkabob's (SP?)....and I even smoke some of 'em..." Cont.
Vince July 24, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Cont.: And so she says, she says: "SMOKE THEM! real loud like I just typed it...and I couldn't let THIS opportunity pass me by, so I went on, "Yeah, smoke 'em...and see, they don't seem to mind me sucking on their bills (they don't have beaks ya know), but I gotta tell ya, when I hold that Zippo up to they's little azz, they can FLAT tear ya ta shreds with them little orange feets!" And then she stomped off, and eyed me suspiciously for the rest of the evening---apparently Professional Elistist Wimmin's don't have a very well developed sense of humor...but the guy that I had been talking to 'bout peed his pants laughing.
Helen July 24, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Unfortunately Lyn on this - I too will have to respectfully disagree. I don’t like the laws that tend to lean more towards in favor of criminals than it does for law abiding citizens. I personally believe people have the right to protect themselves, their families and their properties in whatever means necessary. So if a home invader busts in someone’s front door, the would be victim has the right to shoot first, and ask questions later. Like so many others, my family is more important than how someone else feels about gun control. Over here, idiots bent on causing problems, well they have the choice between my two large loony dogs or the loony lady pointing a gun at ‘em. But it’s still their choice just as it’s my choice to bury them in the north 40 or not. Not hating or anything.....just my two cents is all.
andy July 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
"My idea of "gun control" is hitting what I am aiming at!" Then you have a lot in common with our shooter don't you.
andy July 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. I find the language of this amendment ambiguous at best. However, i read this as referring primarily to "a well regulated Militia" (our military, local, state, and national) needing weapons to secure the state and "the People" as a group, . I don't read this as carving out and protecting an individuals right to own weapons of mass destruction such as automatic weapons. I read "the People" as a (monolithic) entity not one individuated down to the singular person, so I read this as legislating Militia(s), or other organized military or paramilitary organizations. I know the court is currently against me on this reading but I think this is somewhat clear in the LITERAL language of the Amendment. This will probably be corrected one day by a more literal minded court. I don't know. It's been a horrible weekend. I just know one person killed a bunch of people. Apparently he was crazy. He did it by taking advantage of assault weapons actually made for this purpose available to him and there are people on here justifying his right to have access to these weapons of mass destruction that enabled him to carry out his killing with the highest efficiency possible. It's a sad day.
Vince July 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM
There was someone spouting "facts" over the course of this Thread...but what with my CRS hitting hard n' heavy now, I can't recall who that was...regardless, here are some "facts", figures, and stats provided by...God forbid, an info-page with "CONSERATIVE" (Conservapedia) in the name. And anyone who wants to, can surely put these "facts", figures and stats side by each with that other person's offerings, and then do a comparison..And funny thing about that "C-Word": Conservative, which they too often gets confused with "Republican" causing "LT-Word's (LibTards) such concern, is that by and large, across this country there are way more Conservative MINDED people then there are those with more of a bent towards Liberalism...and there ARE "radical's" on both sides of the aisle, you betcha---and that there IS a fact. Here ya go: http://www.conservapedia.com/Gun_control I got's to get to a coupla projects over the next few days, which will put a damper on sharing my thoughts hereabouts, be they welcomed or not---and so as Maynard G. Krebs used ta exclaim with great emotional pain every time he heard the "W-Word", I now say unto you: "WORK!" Have fun you little Scamps and Scampettes...and if you kids don't start treating one another way more better, why...why then I'll have to hit ya'll up with more of my songs. So then, the future is your's to choose it appears as them thar songs go, as well it should be in a Representative Republic...
Cat July 24, 2012 at 03:41 PM
@Andy. That 'saying' is as old as the hills! Let me break it down for you...... the emphasise is on the word "control". One of the first things they teach you is to always have control of your weapon.... hence the double meaning for the words gun 'control' here. Very clever usage here in this thread where people are talking about the gun 'control' of another kind. But Andy you are still a "idiot" now & always will be. Very sad.......

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