“In interviews with people who have known him throughout his life, Holmes was described as a quiet and intelligent person who wouldn’t even acknowledge neighbors in his apartment hallway.
“Holmes, 24, maintained that quiet demeanor even as police say he was plotting a horrific attack that killed 12 people and injured 58 others in an Aurora movie theater early Friday.
“He bought four guns and 6,000 rounds of ammunition, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.
“He rigged his apartment with what authorities fear are deadly explosives and blared techno music from his stereo in what’s believed to be an attempt to invite more devastation when the door was opened.
“From what little is known about the suspect, it appears that he was a study in contrast — a smart and quiet man who authorities say harbored a deadly plan.
“In high school the boy known as “Jimmy” quit the soccer team after his sophomore year and focused mostly on his studies.
“He earned a degree in neuroscience with highest honors from the University of California Riverside in 2010 but didn’t walk in his commencement ceremony.
“Oates said Holmes, who did not resist when he was arrested outside the theater minutes after the shooting, acted alone.
“Oates declined to discuss what motive, if any, Holmes gave police.
“One hint could be in what New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Friday, saying that Holmes had reportedly identified himself as Batman’s arch-enemy ‘The Joker’ to authorities.
‘”He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the ‘enemy’ of Batman,’ Kelly said at a news conference, addressing the increased security at New York City theaters.
“Oates, who said he talked with Kelly early Friday, would not confirm that report.”
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