The man suspected of carrying out the Colorado movie theater shooting, 24-year-old James Holmes from San Diego, was a graduate student in the neuroscience program at the University of Colorado Medical School, a university spokesman told NBC News. He was in the process of withdrawing from school, the university confirmed.
“The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus can confirm that Mr. James Holmes was in the process of withdrawing from the University of Colorado Denver’s graduate program in neurosciences,” the university statement said. “Mr. Holmes enrolled at the university in June 2011.”
The university website listed one of his courses as the Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders. He was listed on the class website as making a presentation in the spring on MicroRNA biomarkers.
Officials said they believe Holmes, born Dec. 13, 1987, is the man who killed at least 12 people at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora, a suburb of Denver. He will be arraigned in court on Monday. News organizations have made requests to the judge to allow cameras in the courtroom.
Holmes was not on any watch list that would have alerted authorities that he was dangerous, officials said. The incident was not believed to have any connection to international terrorism, they added.