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Developments continue to trickle out in the aftermath of a shooting in a Denver suburb movie theater during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.
On Friday, 24-year-old James Holmes allegedly opened fire at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing at least 12 people ranging in age from 6 years old to 51, and injuring some 58 others. Below are the latest updates since yesterday.
1. Victims names are released. The names of 12 victims fatally wounded by the masked gunman were released Saturday night by local authorities. The youngest victim was just six, who went to the screening with her mother, who is in the hospital in fatal condition and does not yet know her daughter was killed. The victims include Jonathan Blunk, 26, Alexander J. Boik, 18, Jesse Childress, 29, Gordon Cowden, 51, Jessica Ghawi, 24, John Larimer, 27, Micayla Medek, 23, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, Alex Sullivan, 27, Alexander Teves, 24, and Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32.
2. President Obama is meeting with victims families and Aurora officials. President Barack Obama announced he will meet with families of the victims in Colorado on Sunday. He was scheduled to land at 5:40 p.m. EST for a brief visit — just under 2.5 hours — with families in addition to local officials. “I think the president coming in is a wonderful gesture,” Aurora’s mayor Steve Hogan said. “He’s coming in, really, to have private conversations with the families. I think that’s totally appropriate.” Hogan told ABC’s This Week that it “certainly means a lot to Aurora to know that the president cares.”
3. An ‘acquaintance’ of Holmes who was interviewed by police Saturday was just that — an acquaintance. Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates said Sunday suspected gunman Holmes acted alone in the movie theater massacre, and a person interviewed by police Saturday was only a “casual acquaintance” of his. “All the evidence we have, every single indicator, is that … this was all Mr. Holmes’ activity and he wasn’t aided by anyone else,” Oates said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “We’re building a case to show that this was a very deliberative process by a very intelligent man who wanted to do this.” The relationship between the person questioned by police Saturday and Holmes, the chief said, was “really inconsequential.”
4. Holmes, who had dyed his hair red and called himself “the joker,” allegedly had a poster of the anti-gun superhero in his apartment. A Batman poster and a computer were found in Holmes’ apartment, according to Pierre Thomas, senior justice correspondent for ABC News. “I was struck by one source today who said that this ‘was really like a mad scientist, really like a villain in a movie,’” Thomas said. “We are being told by sources that they have found the computer, and also a poster of Batman.” Bloomberg Businessweek reported an official saying a Batman mask and other paraphernalia related to the superhero were found in Holmes’ Aurora apartment.
5. Following statements from The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan and Batman actor Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway released a statement. “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow,” the actress said in a statement released Sunday. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
6. Holmes was a children’s camp counselor a few years ago, run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. According to the LA Times, during the summer of 2008, Holmes worked as a cabin counselor at Camp Max Straus, held in the hills above Glendale outside of LA. Holmes was responsible for “the care and guidance of a group of approximately 10 children,” camp director and chief executive of the program Randy Schwab wrote in a statement to the LA Times.
“His role was to insure that these children had a wonderful camp experience by helping them learn confidence, self-esteem and how to work in small teams to effect positive outcomes. These skills are learned through activities such as archery, horseback riding, swimming, art, sports and high ropes course.”
In a separate email to the Times, Schwab wrote, “He was a counselor that had no incidents or disciplinary concerns. That summer provided the kids a wonderful camp experience without incident.”
7. Video was unearthed of the alleged shooting suspect speaking at a science camp 6 years ago. ABC News obtained video of an 18-year old James Holmes speaking among his peers at Miramar College in San Diego during a science camp. He was introduced as a young man with the goal of becoming “a researcher and to make scientific discoveries. In personal life, he enjoys playing soccer and strategy games and his dream is to own a slurpee machine.”
8. The FBI is looking at a profile on an online adult-dating site that resembles James Holmes. According to the Washington Post, a law enforcement official said the FBI is looking into a web page on Adult Friend Finder, in which someone who looks like James Holmes — with hair dyed bright orange — called himself “classicjimbo.” The page has since been taken down. Another adult dating site, Match.com, reportedly had a profile under the username “classic_jim” with the same red-haired picture and information. Posted at the top of both pages was the question: “Will you visit me in prison?” The authenticity of both pages have not yet been confirmed by officials, Adult Friend Finder or Match.com.
9. James Holmes is in solitary confinement for his own protection. The mass murder suspect is currently being held in solitary confinement for his own protection at a Denver-area county detention facility. Holmes is being held without bond on suspicion of multiple counts of first-degree murder.
10. A hearing is set for Monday morning. Holmes is set for an initial hearing on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Arapahoe County Courts. He has been appointed a public defender. This will be the first public appearance of the alleged shooter, and the public eagerly anticipates his side of things. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Holmes spent $15,000 on weapons and ammunition over the past several months and had 90 packages delivered to his workplace, according to a law-enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. According to the Washington Post, Aurora police chief Dan Oates said Holmes might have been mistaken for a responding SWAT officer if it wasn’t for an unspecified piece of equipment in his elaborate gear, which struck one of the responding officers as irregular.
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