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New Info: Colorado Movie Shooting Suspect Graduated from UC Riverside

George Severson

New Info: Colorado Movie Shooting Suspect Graduated from UC Riverside

CREATED Jul. 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A man who lives next door to the San Diego family of a man suspected of shooting 71 people at a Colorado movie theater says he was a loner.

Tom Mai is a retired electrical engineer who is neighbors with the family of 24-year-old James Holmes on a quiet, well-to-do San Diego street of two story homes with red tile roofs.

Holmes was taken into custody in the rear of the theater minutes after 12 people were fatally shot and 59 were hurt.

Mai says he said hello to Holmes once in a while but seemed to be shy.

Mai says the family lived there about 10 years. The mother is a nurse and the father is a manager at a software company. The suspect has a younger sister.

Mai says the mother told him Holmes couldn't find a job after earning a master's degree from a public university in California.

The University of California, Riverside confirms that a person by the name of James Holmes graduated from UCR with a BS in neuroscience in the Spring of 2010. His last known address was in San Diego. His dates of attendance were Fall 2006 through Spring 2010.

Police in the Denver suburb of Aurora say Holmes killed 12 people at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie last night. Investigators say the suspect was carrying a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and two pistols -- and that he wore a gas mask, along with a ballistic helmet and vest.

Holmes was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado at Denver until recently.

In addition to the 12 who died, more than 50 others were wounded.

Authorities have been trying to figure out how they can safely enter Holmes' apartment. They say a camera that they sent inside the unit revealed that it was booby trapped. The police chief in Aurora says it's something he's never seen before.