Batman Mask and Poster Found in Shooting Suspect’s Apartment

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly also noted that the suspect identified himself as "the Joker" after his arrest.

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Debris flies out a window after law enforcement officers detonated an explosive device inside the apartment of shooting suspect James Holmes in Aurora, Colo., on Saturday, July 21.

Authorities discovered a Batman mask in the apartment of James Eagan Holmes, the suspected killer of a dozen people in Aurora, Colo., a law-enforcement official told the Associated Press late Sunday night.

Although the official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, this is not the first report to indicate that the timing of the shooting rampage — which killed 12 and injured 58 people during a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises — was not entirely random. The New York Daily News reported that police discovered a Batman poster in Holmes’ apartment, and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the suspect identified himself as “the Joker” after his arrest. Still, these details can only hint at a motive, and Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said it could take several months for authorities to develop a personality profile for Holmes.

(PHOTOS: Batman Movie-Theater Shooting in Aurora, Colo.)

One Colorado gun-range owner had firsthand experience with the suspect’s fascination with the comic-book character. The alleged killer applied for membership at the Lead Valley Range in Byers, Colo., last month, but the club’s owner, Glenn Rotkovich, told ABC News that he rejected Holmes because he thought he was “creepy.” Rotkovich said he got a “bizarre” Batman-inspired voice-mail message from Holmes that led him to issue a clubwide ban on the 24-year-old.

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Ross
Ross

I think that man hates batman or could be his greatest fan,, but he did a wrong thing.. and he should be punished hard for that..

aschwab84
aschwab84

Why is the NYC police commissioner saying anything about this case?  Confused why he is involved?

hamboy
hamboy

Exactly. It is a disgrace that law officials are leaking details in a case like this. It benefits nobody and helps the press turn the perpetrator into an anti hero.

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