The theatre where the shooting took place is only something like 12 miles from Littleton, where the Columbine shooting took place.
From ABC news:
A San Diego woman who identified herself as James Holmes’ mother told ABC News she had awoken unaware of the shooting and had not yet been contacted by authorities. She immediately expressed concern that her son may have been involved.
“You have the right person,” she said, apparently speaking on gut instinct. “I need to call the police… I need to fly out to Colorado.”
I don’t know what to make of that, but I am sure we will hear more. Rare to have the first quote not be something like he was quiet and a nice guy. Rarer still for the negative quote to come from mom. Wonder what she knew.
Eerie page from comic in Dark Knight Returns portraying a shooting at a theatre
UPDATE: People think that the shooter knew the movie because he waited to start shooting until a particular scene. It seems more likely to me that he simply waited for a big action scene, knowing that there would be one.
UPDATE2: Suspect’s mother’s name is Arlene.
UPDATE3: Suspect was driving a car with Tennessee plates, so probably was not from Denver and hadn’t been living there for a long time. Mother was in San Diego. He was from everywhere.
UPDATE4: Shooter’s birthday December 13, 1987
UPDATE5: ”I have heard he was possibly wearing some sort of Batman costume,” police spokesman Frank Fania told NBC’s Today.”
UPDATE7: One of the victims had just been through and survived the Toronto Eaton Centre shootings a month ago.
I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.
I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.