[At Century Theater inside Aurora Mall during a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises'.]
"According to witness reports on Denver's 9 News, at least one gunman fired into the audience 15 minutes into the midnight showing of the film. Several witnesses reported to 9 News that the gunman - who entered theater number 9 was wearing a gas mask and throwing tear-gas canisters at people in an attempt to stop them fleeing - fired a shotgun multiple times into the audience. Aurora police chief Dan Oates said that 10 died during the attack, and four more died in area hospitals."
Absolutely horrifying, unconscionable.
My sincerest condolences to those struck closest by this tragedy.
"For one former San Diego classmate that brought back a memory that now seems particularly unnerving.
"He was a nice guy, who very much wanted to be liked and wanted," the young woman, who did not want to be named, told NBC News. "He was a very, very smart guy. I honestly cannot believe he could do this. I know, I know, everyone says that. But it is truly devastating to me.
"He did not have many friends for someone who wanted to be liked. And he loved all the villains in super-hero stuff, which I did point out as odd. Most people enjoy the hero."
Report from N. Y. Daily News about his behavior in prison at Arapahoe County Jail in Centennial, Colo, where Holmes is being held in solitary, the day after capture:
"Let's just say he hasn't shown any remorse," a jail employee told the Daily News. "He thinks he's acting in a movie."
A released inmate said Holmes' behavior behind bars was increasingly irrational.
"He was spitting at the door and spitting at the guards," the inmate told The News. "He's spitting at everything. Dude was acting crazy."
Holmes, 24, was also placed on suicide watch in solitary confinement before eating a jailhouse breakfast of grits and sausage, according to a cafeteria worker.
Two other just-released inmates said the concerns of Arapahoe Detention Center officials over Holmes' life were well-founded.
"All the inmates were talking about killing him," Wayne Medley, 24, said as he left the facility. "Everyone was looking for an opportunity. It's all they could talk about."
"Holmes is due for his first court appearance on Monday morning. He could face the death penalty, if found mentally competent and convicted in the murder spree."
Holmes' next door neighbor Tom Mai said he was "shocked" to hear about the Aurora shooting, describing the alleged shooter as a "very nice guy."
"I cannot imagine this happening," said Mai, 61, who said he has lived here since 1983.
Mai said Holmes was struggling to find a job after studying neuroscience in college, and he went to Colorado to go back to school. The Holmes family was kind, Mai said, inviting his family over for Christmas parties in the 10 years they had been neighbors.
Mai has four children, including 16-year-old Anthony Mai who described James Holmes as "a happy guy who walked around smiling."
The teen said he last saw Holmes about a year ago, and while the two were not close, he got the sense Holmes "had been picked on."
Eleven of the victims shot during the midnight screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' remain in critical condition Saturday at Colorado hospitals.