Cinema gunman called himself 'the Joker'

2012-07-20 22:12
James Holmes. (University of Colorado)

James Holmes. (University of Colorado)

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Aurora - New York City's police commissioner says the gunman in the Colorado cinema rampage had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker - the villain from the Batman movies.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Friday that he had been briefed about the shootings that killed 12 and wounded 59 others at a showing of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises at a suburban Denver theatre.

Kelly and his spokesperson did not say who briefed him.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates would not confirm the information about suspected gunman James Holmes, but confirmed he had spoken to Kelly.

The two used to work together in New York.

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