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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.

(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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He "Came through the Exit"?!?! in the Hell did that happen, I don't know about you, but I have never been to a Movie Theater in which could get back inside. Btw, I watch TMZ, because sometimes I want to get away from the "Real NEWS". :) This is obviously, a MKUltra OP. The Classic "Lone GunMan", act that Gov't's has been using forever. Aurora, is the town in which this Mass occurred. In Latin, Aurora means....Dawn, Morning, to rise. The Dark knight Aurora? These ppl/elites use Ritual everyday. These guns he used are Army Tech.......there is no way a poor Med Student could afford this equipment, nor have the resources w/out FBI on his a#$. Actor, Jason Momoa is right about not having a TV or a Cell. Your New TV runs at 120hz, meanwhile your brain only picks-up 30hz/frames per second. So...what is going on with the rest of the frames? Don't believe....this is what they were doing back in the 60's TV...imagine what they can do now.

793 days ago


I thought TMZ was about celebrity news. Get back to what you really do please!

793 days ago

Rick LaChapelle    

Ok TMZ! That's enough publicity for this psycho! By putting his name & face all over you site, you're just giving him what he wants, attention!

793 days ago


Thats what the shooter wanted. He wanted to tell all of us that social settings, settings with friends, families and people are bad. It takes away from being at home... Alone. Movie theatres was a place I would go to with my family and with my friends, I'm not going to let one crazy, drugged out, depressed guy bring fear into my heart so that they can take away the one thing that always brought the sense of home, and family ties out of my life. Life is too short to fear for the worst. I can stay home and be scared all of my life, or go out, be good, and realize that I lived my life to the fullest. Soy boric people only make up 1% of the population, good people make up 95% people willing to make a difference makes up 4%.

793 days ago


th USA will never learn :( ban fire arms! learn to love and be free of fear. Did the Batman movies teach you nothing? To be strong you must relenquish fear, guns aren't good (you can get the job done without them), believe in good. ? ? ? ? ? come on!!!! ban guns now America. Its your turn to act.

792 days ago


Someone needs to find out whether this individual had been taking antidepressants or other types of drugs. Many of the antidepressants will cause susceptible individuals to harm themselves or others even if they have never previously been violent.

792 days ago


Somebody [ this nutsy guy] takes the top spot as America's most hated he and CASEY ANTHONY would make a good couple?

791 days ago

Ben casillas    

One you guys said it right. its all an act. he playing it up for the camera

790 days ago


As monstrous as his actions might be, I believe he should be given a long life in jail to think about how a brilliant fellow like him threw it all away, in the same vein as many ungrateful, undeserving people such as O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, etc. who had everything on a platter and threw it all away. Maybe, he can think of how he could have been a Nobel prize winner saving lives instead of a murderer who destroyed life.

789 days ago


Did James Holmes have surgery because his picture without the hair, nose and eyes changes are different from one another.

781 days ago
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