Police: Shooting Suspect Told Officers He Was The ‘Joker’
AURORA, Colo. (WWJ/AP) – The man responsible for the deadly massacre at a midnight showing of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado was dressed completely in black and told police he was the “Joker,” a villian from the Batman films.
After apparently speaking with law enforcement in Colorado, New York’s Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said when police apprehended 24-year-old James Holmes, “He clearly looked like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red. He said he was the ‘Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman.”
Holmes, legally armed with four weapons, walked into the dark, crowded movie theater and opened fire. Twelve people died and 58 were injured in the attack early Friday, a few of those not by gunfire but in the chaos that ensued as the audience tried to flee the smoke-filled theater, authorities said. Among the wounded, 11 were listed in critical condition.
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