By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Details about the suspect behind the tragic “Dark Knight” movie theater shooting in Colorado continue to surface. Those who had previously encountered James Eagan Holmes explained that he had a particular distaste for rap music.
Reuters interviewed several people that knew James Eagan Holmes, identified by police as the gunman who opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on Friday and killing 12 people and wounding approximately 58. One neighbor, Rachel Reed, shares that she ran into Holmes at a local watering hole called the Zephyr and when she put a Lil Wayne song on the jukebox, he responded negatively. “Holmes disapproved, she said, preferring rock ‘n’ roll music. He came over and “made some racially charged comments about rap,” she said.”
MTV News reported Friday that witnesses said the shooter kicked his way through an emergency exit near the front of the theater about 20 minutes into the midnight screening of the final film in the “Dark Knight” trilogy wearing what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest and a gas mask as he opened fire with a shotgun and an AK-47-style automatic weapon. Police said they also found two handguns at the scene. Little is known about the alleged suspect’s motives.
The studio behind the movie released a statement on Friday morning that read, “Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time.”
Members of the hip-hop community reacted to the news on Twitter:
@QtipTheAbstract said, “Prayers go out to the families n friends of the victims n the wounded. Horrible tragedy. #aurora
@Tyrese: These are really the end of our days. People devious crimes are getting worst and worst.. In a theater.? My prayers to the family I’m so sad.
@JustBlaze: “Regardless of all the differing opinions. Many lost their lives last night. Dont lose focus on the petty issues. There’s a bigger picture.”