12/13/13 - A student bent on shooting the librarian barged into a Colorado school Friday and terrorized his classmates for 14 minutes before he killed himself with a shotgun blast. The gunfire erupted on the eve on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and a few miles away from Columbine high school where two students killed 13 classmates and themselves back in 1999. It’s also about 20 miles from Aurora, Colo., where a crazed gunman opened fire on moviegoers at the opening of a Batman movie, killing 12 and injuring dozens.The drama began at 12:33 p.m. local time when the gun-toting intruder entered the school from the west side and demanded to know where Murphy was, police and witnesses said. By 12:47 p.m., the danger was over and the nation was once again confronted with a case of gun violence in a school a day before residents in Newtown, Conn. were about the mark the first anniversary of the massacre that left 20 first grader and six school staffers dead. The critically injured student was in surgery at a nearby hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital. The school is located at 2201 East Dry Creek near University. It is part of Littleton Public Schools and has more than 2,000 students. Parents were asked to go to Shepherd of the Hills Church at 7691 S. University Blvd. to reunite with students.
A shot was fired into the Obama campaign’s Denver headquarters this afternoon. No one was injured, although people were inside the office when this occurred.
"The motion, as certified by the Arapahoe County Dist. Atty. And public defenders offices, was sent via the United States Postal Service, then was quickly denied and subsequently released days ago to the public for reasons yet to be determined."
The gunman who opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and killed six people has been identified as Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran who left the service with a less than honorable discharge.
While in the Army Wade served as a sergeant, and later as a specialist based in Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Wade’s job was as a Hawk missile system repairman, and he then became a psychological operations specialist, defense official confirmed to ABC news.
Authorities would not divulge the identity of the suspect in the Sikh temple shootings, and did not describe his motive other than to label his actions as “domestic terrorism.”
Officials at the Southern Poverty Law Center said they had been tracking Mr. Page for about a decade because of his ties to the white supremacist movement and they described him as “a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.”
For example, a website called label56.com, which promoted Page’s bands and published his music on its label, also praises the likes of the Greek neo-nazi party, the Golden Dawn in its blog. It calls opponents of the Golden Dawn “neo fascists”.
They said he played guitar and sang vocals for a band started in 2005 called End Apathy.
In an interview, Mr. Page’s stepmother, Laura Page, 67, of Denver, expressed shock at the news that the boy she had known since he was 10 years old could be behind such a crime. “I can’t imagine, I can’t imagine what made him do this,” she said.
She said that he grew up with his mother, a dog groomer, in the metropolitan Denver area until she died when he was 12 or 13. Then he went to live with an aunt and a grandmother in Colorado.
Some neighbors said the man had initially lived on the south side of E. Holmes Ave. but moved across the street within the past few weeks.
After high school, he enlisted in the Army. “I think that he felt that he was misdirected and that the service helped him find a direction in life,” she said, saying that after he joined the Army he did not keep in regular contact.
The gunman, carrying a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun and with a 9/11 tattoo on his left shoulder, entered the temple about 10:15 a.m. Sunday, police officials said, and began firing at priests gathered in the lobby. He then stalked through the temple as congregants, including women preparing a meal for services, ran for shelter and barricaded themselves in bathrooms and prayer halls. They made desperate phone calls and sent anguished texts pleading for help as confusion and fear took hold.
Though violence against Sikhs in Wisconsin was unheard of before the shooting, many in this community said they had sensed a rise in antipathy since the attacks on Sept. 11 and suspected it was because people mistake them for Muslims.
The shooting came about two weeks after a gunman killed 12 people and wounded nearly 60 in an attack at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
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James Holmes, the alleged “Joker” gunman, described his fascination with altered states of mind in a lecture to other students, and dosed up on prescription medication before the atrocity, it emerged on Sunday.
The video footage of Holmes was taken at Miramar College in San Diego and showed him explaining that “temporal illusions” are “an illusion that allows you to change the past”. Holmes said he had been working on “subjective experience, which is what takes place inside the mind as oppose to the external world”.
Brad Garrett, a former FBI profiler, said: “I see someone who appears to be very high functioning. He has some significant mental health issue I believe.”
Six years after the video, Holmes was almost unrecognisable after dying his hair orange. His profile posted on the dating website Match.com was headlined “Will you visit me in prison?”
"The first thing people usually notice about me is my soul penetrating eyes," he wrote. "Learning is really great, knowledge is power as the famous Sir Bacon [sic] said." Holmes also said he liked techno music, had "middle-of-the-road" political views, was agnostic, and "definitely" wanted children.
A woman who was suggested as a possible date by the website said it was “pretty scary getting matched to a mass murderer”.
Holmes secured his bachelor degree in neuroscience from UC Riverside in San Diego in 2010 and fellow students described him as “weird”. In his apartment in Aurora he had a poster advertising a DVD called Soldiers of Misfortune showing men in masks.
According to his CV he spent the summer of 2008 working as a counsellor at Camp Max Straus, which offers activities such as horse riding for underprivileged children.
The CV said he was an “aspiring scientist” and his neuroscience research included mapping the neurons of zebra finches and studying the flight muscles of hummingbirds.
Holmes received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for his PhD. He had recently undergone an intense three-part oral exam, before withdrawing from the course.
On June 25 he applied to join a private gun range, the $250 Lead Valley Range, in Byers, Colorado. Glenn Rotkovich, the owner, called to invite him for an orientation and got through to a “bizarre” voicemail message. “Looking back, and if I’d seen the movies, maybe I’d say it was like the Joker,” Mr Rotkovich said.
“There is already conjecture that James Holmes may have been involved in mind-altering neuroscience research and ended up becoming involved at a depth he never anticipated.”
'He said he was the Joker, enemy of Batman,' Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said, adding that the madman had also painted his hair red. The suspect - identified as James Holmes, 24, a former University of Colorado medical school student - was arrested shortly after the rampage.
AURORA, Colo. — The heavily armed gunman who shot 71 people - killing 12 - at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” near Denver boasted to cops that he was Batman’s arch nemesis.
"He said he was the Joker, enemy of Batman," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said after conferring with his counterpart in Aurora.
"He had his hair painted red," Kelly added.
The suspect - identified as James Holmes, 24, a former University of Colorado medical school student - was arrested shortly after the rampage at a movie complex about 10 miles east of Denver.
The gunman burst into the packed theater through an emergency door 20 minutes into the film, set off two canisters emitting smoke or tear gas and opened fire, authorities said.
"I thought it was pretty much the end of the world," theatergoer Robert Jones, 28, told the Denver Post.
Witnesses described the shooter methodically picking off his victims, stopping only to reload. He was packing three guns, including an assault rifle, and outfitted with full body armor.
"There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head," Jennifer Seeger told the Associated Press.
"Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom," she added. "He would reload and shoot, and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed."
Ten people were found dead at the scene. Two died at local hospitals, including a 6-year-old girl.
At least 59 others were wounded, 11 critically.
The youngest victim was believed to be a four-month old infant who was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released. At least six victims were rushed to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora.
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