James Holmes Identified As 24-Year-Old Suspect In Denver Shootings (PHOTOS, LIVEBLOG)

07/20/2012 10:06 am ET | Updated Jul 20, 2012

The suspect in the Denver movie theater shooting, who allegedly killed a reported 12 people and injured at least 38 at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," has been identified as James Holmes.

Holmes is reportedly a 24-year-old white American male, the Associated Press reported on Friday morning. The young man opened fire around 12:30 a.m. MDT Friday morning at the Century Aurora 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

Law enforcement officers told ABC News that Holmes was dressed in all black and wearing a bulletproof vest and gas mask.

Moviegoers told the AP that Holmes released some sort of smoke and, at first, they believed the attack was part of the show. He reportedly entered through an exit door at the front of the theater, threw tear gas and then began shooting.

According to CBS News, authorities have found no evidence to suggest the incident was terrorism-related. Holmes was not on any watch list that could have alerted authorities that he was dangerous, NBC reported. He also has no military history.

Police found four guns at the theater including two pistols, a rifle and a shotgun.

Holmes was apprehended by police in the movie theater parking lot and did not resist arrest. The car he was driving had Tennessee license plates.

A San Diego woman who identified herself as James Holmes' mother told ABC News that she was unaware of the shooting when she first awoke Friday morning and had not yet been contacted by authorities. She did, however, express concern that her son was involved in the shooting.

"You have the right person," she told ABC News, speaking on what ABC deemed gut instinct. "I need to call the police... I need to fly out to Colorado."

Holmes had not had any previous run-ins with the law, other than a "minor" traffic ticket in 2011, police spokesman Frank Fania told "Today."

CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reported that police found Holmes' residence "booby-trapped" and discovered "buckets of extra ammunition" and some kind of chemical in his home. Police had the apartment building evacuated.

Thus far, Holmes appears to have been the lone gunman.

This story is developing. See below for updates.

Batman Premiere Shooting At Century 16 Cinema

07/22/2012 8:48 PM EDT

Obama Speaks After Meeting With Victims

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Obama: Scripture says that he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more...

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Obama: We can all understand what it would be like to have someone that we love taken from us in this fashion

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Obama: I also had the chance to give folks some hugs and to shed some tears ... and also to share some laughs.

07/22/2012 8:30 PM EDT

Columbine Survivors Reach Out To Victims

The AP reports:

The images brought it all back for survivors of the 1999 Columbine massacre. The blood. The tears. The confusion and the heartache, the elusive search for a reason why.

Paralyzed in the Columbine shootings, Anne Marie Hochhalter, now 30, says friends still reach out to alert her to prepare for disturbing images on the news. She got a text message Friday morning when she woke up. Warning, it said. There was another one, this time close to home.

Hochhalter took a deep breath and turned on the TV.

"My heart just fell," Hochhalter said Sunday. "It brought back a lot – flashbacks from that day. At the time I was so hurt I wasn't watching the news, you know, watching it like other people were. But this time, I was right there, seeing it all."

Columbine students who survived what in 1999 was the worst school massacre in U.S. history are re-living their own experiences. And they're banding together to try to help. On Facebook and by phone, they are reaching out to people who witnessed Friday's early-morning slayings of 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora.

Young people were victims and witnesses in both shootings. The Columbine survivors are telling those at the movie theater that the road ahead of them won't be easy.

Click here to read more.

07/22/2012 8:29 PM EDT

Campaign Ads Off The Air

Reuters reports:

President Barack Obama's re-election team, maintaining an unofficial time-out on full-scale campaigning following a deadly shooting at a movie theater, said on Sunday it will keep its advertisements off the airwaves in Colorado for the rest of the week.

Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney both set aside the previously harsh tone of the November 6 election campaign to speak soothingly to the nation on Friday, after the shooting rampage that killed 12 at a midnight movie screening outside Denver.

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07/22/2012 7:57 PM EDT

More On Obama's Visit

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Sat down with President Obama. He has been incredible. He too has agreed not to mention the shooter's name.

07/22/2012 6:23 PM EDT

Obama Lands In Colorado

The AP reports:

President Barack Obama dashed to Colorado on Sunday to meet with families of those gunned down in a movie theater and to hear from state and local officials about the shooting that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured.

Air Force One touched down at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora late Sunday afternoon for the president's hastily arranged 2 1/2-hour visit, which includes a private meeting with the victims' loved ones and perhaps a public comment about the shooting early Friday morning at a busy multiplex.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates were among those who greeted Obama at Buckley.

The president is expected to speak at 7:30 p.m. ET.

07/22/2012 6:20 PM EDT

Shooting Suspect Reportedly Not Cooperating

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Police in Aurora, Colo. say shooting suspect James Holmes is not cooperating with authorities - @SkyNewsBreak

07/22/2012 12:49 PM EDT

First Video Of Shooting Suspect Emerges

ABC on Sunday aired a clip of shooting suspect James Eagen Holmes. The clip showed Holmes discussing the idea of "temporal illusion" at science camp when he was 18.

"It's an illusion that allows you to change the past," he says.

To watch the video, click here.

07/22/2012 12:31 PM EDT

Shooting Victims Identified

Authorities have identified the 12 victims who were killed early Friday morning in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting.

The deceased included an aspiring sports reporter, a 6-year-old girl and a man celebrating his birthday.

For more about the victims, read the AP's report.

07/22/2012 12:22 PM EDT

LISTEN: Graphic Audio Of Colorado Shooting Aftermath

Audio of the first hour of the police and fire response to the Colorado shooting was made available this weekend via RadioReference.com.

To listen to the recordings, click here (warning: extremely graphic content).

07/22/2012 9:10 AM EDT

Official: Suspect's Gun Reportedly Jammed During Attack

James Holmes' gun jammed during the attack, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press.

The claim was made based on leftover bullets found in a magazine at the crime scene, the official said. The jam likely caused the suspect to change weapons in the middle of the attack.

More on this story here.

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