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They said Holmes revealed to them during questioning that there were explosives in his apartment in Aurora.
They went to the complex and, peering through a window, discovered that it was booby-trapped with multiple chemical and incendiary devices linked by wires.
Before he allegedly walked into the Batman movie early Friday in Aurora, Colo., dressed head to foot in black body armor and carrying a handgun, a shotgun and an assault rifle, James Holmes was a graduate student in neuroscience — a Ph D candidate who sat in classes with titles such as “Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders.” He was known as a very quiet young man, introverted but pleasant.
Holmes, 24, had shown scholarly promise in the recent past.
Officials from would not comment on how long Holmes had been a member.
A spokeswoman for the San Diego Police Department handed out a statement on behalf of the Holmes family and asked the media to respect its privacy, along with that of neighbors.
“The Holmes family is very upset about all of this.
“He had the capability to do anything he wanted academically,” Timothy White, chancellor of UC-Riverside, said at a news conference Friday.
Holmes appears to have never had a scrape with the law, other than a speeding ticket last year.