The family of James Holmes , the man taken into custody for the shooting at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado , released a statement to the police in the wake of the tragedy.
The Associated Press is reporting that Holmes’ family offered this written statement to police: “Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved.”
Many details on Holmes and his motives are still unknown. It recently came to light that the suspect was a former Ph.D. candidate from the University of Colorado Denver, but he recently dropped out for unknown reasons.
Holmes’ only record with the Aurora police department was a traffic ticket.
He was taken into custody next to a vehicle in the theater parking lot, which many have assumed was his own car. Police arrested him without any struggle.
A San Diego woman claiming to be Holmes’ mother told ABC News that she believed the suspect to be her son and that she would be leaving for Colorado. “I need to call the police … I need to fly out to Colorado.”
Police made what they are calling a “protective sweep” of Holmes’ apartment , which was five miles from the Century Aurora 16 theater where the shooting took place. Police entered through a window using a fire engine ladder but found no explosives in the apartment.
Holmes is expected to appear in court Monday.
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