Colorado rampage suspect is James Holmes; apartment booby-trapped
The suspect in the shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater has been identified as James Holmes, described by law enforcement sources as a loner.Holmes, 24, was taken into custody in the parking lot outside the Century 16 movie theater after the post-midnight attack in Aurora, Colo., on Friday. He allegedly entered the theater through an exit door about half an hour into the local premier of the Batman movie. At least 12 were killed in the attack.More than 20 SWAT team members were gingerly searching Holmes apartment on Paris Street, a process that could take hours because the apartment appeared to be booby-trapped with explosives, Aurora police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. Oates said the apartment search could take hours or even days. The area around the apartment, on the third floor of a housing complex, has been evacuated, he said at a televised news conference.The apartment house, across the street from an elementary school, is on a street lined with similar apartment buildings. The neighborhood is predominantly Latino.As police searched, nearby residents warily watched from indoors, where they had been told to go, said Lovell Harts, a 63-year-old resident who moved to the area two years ago.''They're looking for explosives. They went through the window and they're in the apartment. They got our whole block taped off. You can't go in or out,'' Harts said by telephone while looking out the window of his apartment two complexes down from Holmes. ''They're going from building to building inspecting.''Harts said neither he nor his neighbors knew Holmes. Residents of the street, mainly renters, are largely anonymous to each other, with people moving in, going quietly about their lives then moving on, he said.Law enforcement sources said they were in the process of tracing the weapons, including what is believed to be an AK-47, used in the attack.One theory is that Holmes may be a disgruntled employee of the movie theater based on the fact that he allegedly was able to enter through an exit, sources said.Holmes may originally be from Southerm California.
some things that doesn't help is that the US has the highest percentage of people with bi-polar disorder in the world at 4% of the total population (of which less than 50% are under treatment) along with the most firearms at 9 for every 10 people.
Conservatism is the default ideology for lazy non-critical thinkers
more good guys need guns and they should have shot him dead instead of arresting him.
Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist who, as chairman of the Forensic Panel of New York City, has studied and testified about mass shootings, said these cases invariably feature a person who is highly paranoid, resents the broader community and decides to kill out of a desire to achieve notoriety.
Some are so paranoid that they're psychotic. Others are paranoid in a generally resentful way but have no significant psychiatric illness. But you have to hate everyone in order to kill anyone, Welner said.
The threshold that the mass shooter crosses is one in which he decides that his righteous indignation and entitlement to destroy is more important than the life of any random person that he might kill.
you don't get what you wish for ~ you get what you work for