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'Batman' Shooter

'He Said He Was The Joker'

7/20/2012 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Holmes

Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was sporting red hair and told people he was "The Joker" when he was apprehended by police Friday morning ... this according to NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

During a news conference this afternoon, Kelly said, "We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the enemy of Batman."

ABC News is reporting Holmes made the Joker remark to police, not during the shooting.

It's likely Kelly obtained the information from Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates -- according to reports, the two are good friends. In fact, Oates was a member of the NYPD for 21 years.

Holmes may have been trying to recreate a scene from the 2008 movie, "The Dark Knight" ... which features a scene where The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, wears a red wig while destroying a hospital.

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76.

Tammy    

One of the young women that was killed here was in Toronto a couple of weeks ago at a mall when someone starting shooting people she got out just before the happened and was thankful that she was safe and now the poor girl lost her life. I thoughts go out to all the families of the people who lost their life because of this mad man.

His parents must be in complete shock.

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77.

samuelz2002    

first off joker killed two officers who were looking out for harvey dent.. and second he blew up the hospital and the century 16 cinema is in one piece.. lets not give this murderer a good reason to say he is crazy he deserves to rot in jail... stop trying to make up things that are not there

790 days ago
78.

LifTilraun    

Maybe he tries to emulate an evil character [like... let's say The Joker] but this doesn't mean the that the joker tell him to kill, that the joker or batman movies make him took these guns, kill 12 people and injure some others.
Batman, as other heroes, try to fight against criminals, real criminals who shoot innocent people so don't blame on Batman, blame on a society made of violence, REAL VIOLENCE on the streets and the easily way to buy guns by crazy people, like him.
Hope the injured people get well and this type of violence dissapear.

790 days ago
79.

LifTilraun    

Maybe he tries to emulate an evil character [like... let's say The Joker] but this doesn't mean the that the joker tell him to kill, that the joker or batman movies make him took these guns, kill 12 people and injure some others.
Batman, as other heroes, try to fight against criminals, real criminals who shoot innocent people so don't blame on Batman, blame on a society made of violence, REAL VIOLENCE on the streets and the easily way to buy guns by crazy people, like him.
Hope the injured people get well and this type of violence dissapear.

790 days ago
80.

LifTilraun    

Maybe he tries to emulate an evil character [like... let's say The Joker] but this doesn't mean the that the joker tell him to kill, that the joker or batman movies make him took these guns, kill 12 people and injure some others.
Batman, as other fictional heroes, try to fight against criminals who shoot to innocent people so don't blame on Batman, blame on a society made of violence, REAL VIOLENCE on the streets and the easily way to buy guns by crazy people, like him.
Hope the injured people get well and this type of violence dissapear.

790 days ago
81.

jillo    

Why no mug shot?

790 days ago
82.

jillo    

Why STILL no mug shot released? Strange.

790 days ago
83.

BATMAN    

if there's a lunatic tries to act like a JOKER.....

WILL SOMEBODY tries to IMITATE Batman too? and smash this guy in the interrogation room!!

790 days ago
84.

shelly_lynn    

when they said that the world is going to end is this what they ment?

790 days ago
85.

jimmy twotimes    

News said it was not act of terrorism... Then what was that? Gov is going to protect him and treat him like a king. They need to throw him in general population, where the prisoners will make a meal out of him. He deserves to be tortured, not fed 3 meals a day. F%&k this Gov!

790 days ago
86.

RBR    

Yet another reason why I wont be visiting the states any time soon. Any country where you can equip yourself with that kind of arsenal so freely, clearly has some serious problems. I appreciate the size of the population and so obviously your going to have a higher number of mentally sick people but surely if you restrict access to weapons it limits how often this can happen and the scale of these incidents. Im from the U.K and I couldn't even point you in the direction of someone who has so much as a hunting rifle, let alone semi automatic weapons/rifles/ballistic armor etc...

790 days ago
87.

Josh    

Bath Salts.

790 days ago
88.

ABBY    

i think the james holmes should be exacuted if not then to go to prison for the rest of his misriable life.

790 days ago
89.

lguadiana    

here we go again, Were going to make this terrorist James Holmes so famous only the best high profile attorneys will want to defend him for free for the publicity and to prove how smart they are, along with free service from Dr Lee to confuse the evidence,and he"ll get off ala Casey Anthoney

790 days ago
90.

Raw    

Typical weak minded white boy that can't handle what life throws at him so he snaps and kills everyone around him.

790 days ago
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