Colorado shooting suspect sent notes to University

Last Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 11:15

Zeenews Bureau

Denver: James Eagan Holmes, the man accused of killing twelve people during the premiere of new Batman movie had sent a notebook detailing his plans to a psychiatrist at his University before the attack, media reports said on Thursday.

The reports, which coincided with the first funeral for one of the 12 people killed, said that the package allegedly sent by Holmes had been in a mailroom at the University of Colorado since July 12 but remained unopened until its discovery on Monday.

The University of Colorado informed that the package sent by Holmes was delivered by the US Postal Service to its medical campus on Monday, and it was immediately investigated and turned over to authorities within hours.

It was reported that Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, sent a notebook to the university containing sketches of stick figures being shot and a written description of an upcoming attack.
The package containing it was addressed to a psychiatrist at the school. However, it was unclear if Holmes, 24, had had any previous contact with the person. The neuroscience program that he withdrew from on June 10 included professors of psychiatry.

Holmes is accused of opening fire on a theater showing the new Batman movie, killing 12 people and injuring 58.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies refused to confirm the reports citing an order from the judge hearing the case, who had issued a protective order that strictly limits what attorneys, law enforcement and court staff can say publicly about the case.
Before the gag order was issued, police said Holmes received more than 50 packages at the school and his home that apparently contained ammunition, combat gear and explosive materials that he used in the attack and to booby-trap his Aurora apartment.

Holmes was allegedly stockpiling for the attack while he studied at the school`s neuroscience program. He bought a shotgun and pistol in May, report said.

On June 7, the date he took a year-end oral exam, he bought an assault rifle. He filed paperwork to leave the program three days later and did not provide a reason, the university has said.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 11:13

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