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MORE ON MASS SHOOTING: James Holmes, who is in custody in Colorado for a mass killing in an Aurora theater, originally lived in San Diego, according to news reports. The mother, Arlene Holmes of Rancho Peñasquitos, allegedly told authorities, "You've got the right guy." Aurora is a suburb of Denver. According to news reports, Holmes entered the Century 16 Theater, threw a tear gas canister, and began shooting. At this point, 12 are confirmed dead, but there is a report of another death that could make the number 13. Also, there are several people in critical condition. News media keep calling Arlene Holmes's phone, but it is consistently busy.

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Burwell July 20, 2012 @ 9:02 a.m.

The living and social conditions in San Diego are breeding grounds for sociopaths.

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David Dodd July 20, 2012 @ 9:15 a.m.

Let's hope that's not a confession, Burwell.

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Don Bauder July 20, 2012 @ 10:56 a.m.

I can assure you that Burwell was not talking about himself. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 20, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m.

San Diego certainly has had its share of sociopaths. But how would you like to live in Denver now? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 20, 2012 @ 10:19 a.m.

MORE ON HOLMES'S SAN DIEGO BACKGROUND: The death count is now up to 13 in the Aurora, Colorado, shootings for which former San Diegan James Holmes is the suspect. He graduated from Westview High School in 2006. He attended a biotech boot camp at Miramar College. He also apparently worked at Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His mother and father live in Rancho Penasquitos, where he once lived. Holmes was working on a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Colorado School in Denver. He began his studies in the fall of last year, but dropped out last month. He used at least four guns, a shotgun and two handguns in the mass murder. He is to appear in court Monday where he is expected to face murder charges. His father left Rancho Penasquitos this morning to go to Colorado. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder July 20, 2012 @ 11:59 a.m.

HOLMES BOUGHT A TICKET. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that Holmes bought a ticket to the Batman movie, dressed in the black outfit worn by the movie villain. Then he propped up the emergency exit door and went to his car which was parked nearby. Presumably he picked up his weapons from his car. He reentered the theater and set off the smoke bomb and began firing multiple weapons.

People in the audience were terrified, frantically trying to exit. Some could have been trampled. Ten died in the theater and two in a hospital. There are 50 injuries, 9 critical.

Holmes told police that he had booby-trapped his Aurora apartment with bombs. Experts found it was true. The bomb squads and fire trucks are there. People have been evacuated from the building and nearby ones. It may be days before the experts get into the booby-trapped apartment.

Holmes grew up in Rancho Penasquitos and graduated from Westview High School and the University of California Riverside. He was pursuing a PhD in neuroscience until dropping out recently.

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