Colo. Suspect In Doctoral Program,Described As “Loner”
The suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater was in a doctoral program but was not in
medical school and is described as a loner by a former neighbor.
Spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery says 24-year-old James Holmes was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. University officials earlier said he was a student at the university’s medical school.
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Montgomery says Holmes enrolled in the program in June 2011 and was in the process of withdrawing.
Authorities say Holmes fired into a crowded movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora while wearing a gas mask.
Holmes graduated from high school in the San Diego area. He’s in police custody, and the FBI says there is no indication the attack is tied to any terrorist groups.
A man who lives next door to Holmes’ family in California says he was a loner.
Tom Mai is a retired electrical engineer who is neighbors with the family of 24-year-old James Holmes on a quiet, well-to-do San Diego street of two story homes with red tile roofs.
Mai says he said hello to Holmes once in a while but seemed to be shy.
Mai says the family lived there about 10 years. The mother is a nurse and the father is a manager at a software company. The suspect has a younger sister.
Mai says the mother told him Holmes couldn’t find a job after earning a master’s degree from a public university in California.
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