The cops started getting 911 calls shortly after midnight. The shooter, who was captured without a struggle in short order, got into the theater through an emergency exit and started wandering through the theater shooting people apparently at random.
The shooter, James Holmes, 24, was wearing a ballistic vest, riot helmet and gas mask and was armed with a rifle and a handgun.
The shooter’s mother, who lives in California, called the cops as soon as she heard about the shooting and told them she thought it was likely her son was involved. This was before the shooters name became public knowledge.
A bomb was found inside the theater. The cops also believe the shooter’s apartment is bobby trapped.
Too bad there was nobody in the theater who could have shot back, isn’t it? The cops arrived very quickly or the toll would have been much, much higher.
She shooter had been a Ph.D. candidate in the medical school at Aurora, specializing in neuroscience. He was no longer associated with the medical school as of about one month ago.
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UPDATE: The cops now report that he was armed with an AR-15, a Remington 870 shotgun and a .40 Glock. He was fully armored, including leg and groin protectors. The known wounded count is now 59.