“There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead,” Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily except when he stopped to reload.
“Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom,” she said. “He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed.”
The suspect was taken into custody and identified by federal law enforcement officials as 24-year-old James Holmes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
Authorities did not release a motive. The FBI said there was no indication that the shooting is tied to any terrorist groups.
Victims are being treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. Some of those injured are children, including a 3-month-old infant who was shot.
Now we get to wait for the details from law enforcement in Aurora. We get to wait to learn whether James Holmes is seriously disturbed, or just a murderous psychopath. (Of course psychopaths also suffer from a mental illness, but I make a distinction for the madness-without-delusions of psychopathy.) There doesn’t seem to have been any demographic slant to his victims, unlike the Columbine shooters, who focused on jocks and Christians and whose victims were all high school students and educators, or, say, Marc Lepine, whose victims were all female students at an engineering school. George Sodini: again, all women, using a gym. Holmes’s victims were all people watching a Batman movie, shot in the dark. Until we learn more about the victims, we can assume that they don’t share any overwhelming demographic characteristics except that they were all fans of Nolan’s Batman franchise.
Look, folks, if you’re pissed off at the world and you’ve decided that dozens of people need to die for whatever someone has done to you, or failed to do for you, it’s fine to go out on a shooting spree. Just do one thing, first. Before you leave the house, use the first bullet on yourself. Grab your firearm, open your mouth, point the barrel at the roof of your mouth, and taste the sweetness of lead. You can do whatever you want afterwards, once that first bullet is situated safely in your brain.