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Aurora shooting: Who is James Eagan Holmes ?

Friday, July 20, 2012, the gunman James Eagan Holmes opened fire during a midnight premiere of the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises in a Cinemark movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. He will appear in court Monday and is expected to be formally charged a few days later.

James Eagan Holmes

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes born December 13, 1987, Rancho Peñasquitos. He was raised in San Diego, California, and graduated from Westview High School in the Torrey Highlands community of San Diego in 2006 and obtained an undergraduate degree with highest honors in neuroscience from the University of California, Riverside in 2010.

He’s remembered as brilliant. University Chancellor Tim White said at a press conference that “he was an honor student, so academically he was at the top of the top”. James Eagan Holmes really distinguished himself from an academic point of view and “graduated with highest honors”.

In high school, James Eagan Holmes won a competitive position at a rigorous science boot camp and an internship in neurobiology at the prestigious Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He enrolled as a PhD student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. His academic performance declined in 2012 and he was in the process of withdrawing from school.

On July 20, 2012, James Eagan Holmes opened fire during a midnight premiere of the film The Dark Knight Rises in Theater 9 at the Century 16 movie theater next to the Town Center at Aurora shopping mall. He “dressed all in black and was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector and a groin protector and a gas mask, and black tactical gloves”, said the Aurora police chief Dan Oates.

A total of 70 people were shot, with 58 people injured in addition to the 12 deaths. President Barack Obama extended his condolences to the victims and their families, addressing the tragedy in lieu of a scheduled campaign event.

Holmes will appear in court Monday and is expected to be formally charged a few days later.

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