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James Holmes

Portrait of the 'Batman' Shooter

7/20/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Holmes breaks the mold on shooting spree suspects -- and our extensive research on the "Dark Knight Rises" gunman proves it. We'll tell you what we've uncovered about his college days, his relationship with neighbors, and the elaborate booby trap in his apartment.

Plus, 2 survivors from the Colorado movie theater call in to tell their chilling accounts of the shooting, and the chaos they witnessed as Holmes opened fire.

Also ... will YOU go to the movies this weekend? That's the question millions of people are facing -- and we've got everyone voicing their opinion.
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(0:00) Tragedy strikes Colorado again -- we have all the latest details on the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting.
(2:30) You have to hear this -- a man who in the second row of the movie theater when James Holmes burst in and starting shooting calls in. His story in unbelievable.
(8:30) Another survivor -- and former soldier -- of the tragedy calls in -- he talks about how bullets ripped through the walls of the adjacent theater, and how he helped the wounded as they escaped the complex.
(14:30) James Holmes backstory doesn't fit the usual criteria for a mass murderer.
(17:00) James clearly planned this out -- because he booby-trapped his apartment with explosives.
(22:00) Warner Brothers cancelled the Paris premiere of the movie -- and has been pretty quiet about the tragedy so far.
(23:00) Has the shooting made people scared to go to the movies? We let our viewers answer this one.
(28:00) James used a bunch of powerful weapons -- including a assault rifle called an AR15 ... and it packs a serious punch.
(32:50) Tyler saw the movie last night -- and sees more of a connection between James and The Joker than Bane.
(36:00) Changing pace for a minute -- Fred Willard has a legal loophole that could help him escape a conviction for his lewd conduct arrest.
(40:20) We take your calls!
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R    

Who the hell cares what this guy's motives were. He's an evil psycho and deserves death except I don't think they have the death penalty in Colorado.

721 days ago
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MikeR    

This is why I support the death penalty. Shame it's not used enough and we have to wait years and years ($$$) before we get justice. Cases like this don't need a trial and jury.. just take him out back and put a bullet in his head. $1 bullet vs. $$$$$$ to house,feed and hold them for years.

721 days ago
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Justathought    

What purpose does the video of the AR-15 demo do other than let the family and friends of the victims see what their loved ones dealt with in the last seconds of life!!!! Get your head out of your *ss and think about what your going to put on the site before you do!!!!

721 days ago
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LK    

sad story all round but y didnt the trigger happy cops blast his head off ???

721 days ago
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JUstin    

I've noticed something about American Society - if James Holmes were black or James Hernandez.. all this kumbaya **** would go out the window.
Everytime a white person commits a crime ,its all about trying to pray, and hold hands. if its a black or hispanic person. "Lock that ANIMAL UP" , especially from TMZ posters..
Anyways , Just an Observation ..

721 days ago
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MikeR    

HARVEY BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCITE PEOPLE WITH THIS STORY!! Asking if we are scared to goto a movie now is pretty stupid. Are people that dumb that they don't realize it's a once in lifetime type of thing.. sigh.

721 days ago
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gcamacho    

Lions kill hyenas out of sheer hatred for them... Either way, the Lion isn't "angry" at the gazelle which causes it to kill... The lion kills "in cold blood" (without empathy for the victim) - it doesn't matter why... This DB is an ANIMAL who should be put DOWN the first chance they get.

721 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

I think the term you're using, "The Batman Shooter" does a disservice to the film.

721 days ago
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MIKE    

You Americans and your right to bare arms,for hunting yes, but no one needs access to automatic weapons and body armor.and no one uses tear gas for hunting ether!

721 days ago
10.

JUstin    

TO BE HONEST - I was just about to leave for the theaters to go see the movie , when the I heard the news ..I literally stopped...TRUE STORY..

721 days ago
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thegreatamericandesertreturns    

IT could have been much worse had he blown everyone up.He is a deranged danger put him and fred willard in the same cell..maybe they can be friends?

721 days ago
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sPaNkdEnALgAs    

If an emergency door is opened, wouldn't that trigger some kind of alarm or sensor somewhere in the building?

721 days ago
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Pam    

The Batman shooter will get the death penalty but will then sit on death row forever. The Chuck-E-Cheese shootings happened 20 years ago only a couple miles from this latest incident and that guy's still sitting on death row. :-(

721 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

sure the god freak had to start preaching...if there was a god this would never have happened....

721 days ago
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rosebud626    

y can i never hear tmz live? :( yes ive tried the mute button lol

721 days ago
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