Leah Barkoukis

After the reality of Colorado’s tragedy has set in, people are looking for answers. While more has been revealed about the alleged gunman James Holmes, the pieces of the puzzle don’t reveal a full picture yet. Holmes, who was initially cooperative with police after the shooting, is refusing to tell police his motive.

What we know:

Holmes, 24, was an intelligent young man with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience from UC Riverside. According to the Los Angeles Times, Holmes had trouble finding work after undergrad before he went back to school for a doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Colorado – Denver. He was, however, in the process of withdrawing from the program on a voluntary basis.

Though his next door neighbor growing up described him as a “solitary” person, he said there was nothing unusual about Holmes' behavior. Holmes had no criminal record except a traffic ticket last year. 

There were, however, a few more revealing pieces:

Fellow students described him as a recluse, and one said: “No one knew him; no one.”

At his parents’ home in San Diego, his mother, Arlene Holmes, told reporters she was unaware of the attacks until she woke up, but added: “You’ve got the right person,” a comment that some interpreted to mean she was not surprised her son could be behind such brutal acts.

And:

His parents still live in the area in a white two-story house on a quiet suburban street. A white Mitsubishi SUV was parked in front of the home on Friday.

Plastered across the back window was a sticker that said, "To Write Love On Her Arms," the name of a nonprofit group that, according to its website, is dedicated to helping people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

According to Police Chief Dan Oates, Holmes' apartment is full of "incendiary devices, some chemical elements linked together with all kinds of wires." 

It is possible authorities may wind up using robots to blow up the booby traps and explosives inside the shooting suspect's apartment because it may be too dangerous to send people in to do it, a law enforcement sources tells CNN's Susan Candiotti.

A decision isn't expected until tomorrow about entering the apartment, the source said. 

"There's so much circuitry and collapsing circuits, it's a difficult process," the source said. 

As of late Friday 12 are dead, 58 injured. Aurora police department on the latest developments:


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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