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Colo. Gun Range Owner: James Holmes Was 'Creepy, Weird'

July 23, 2012  | 

Student ID image of James Holmes. Photo courtesy of Univ. of Colorado.
Student ID image of James Holmes. Photo courtesy of Univ. of Colorado.

The owner of the Colorado gun range who rejected the membership application of the man accused of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history recounted James Holmes' bizarre behavior in an interview with Fox News.

The 24-year-old Holmes, now accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," unnerved Glenn Rotkovich of the Lead Valley Range in Byers.

Holmes provided few personal details on his membership application, and Rotkovich encountered a "creepy, weird" Batman-inspired voicemail message when he followed up with Holmes.

Rotkovich told Fox News the voicemail message "sounded like a mix of moaning in the background and movie-character-like exaggerated squeals and laughter."

Holmes had painted his hair red and called himself the Joker.

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Comments (7)

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maleman39 @ 7/23/2012 6:44 PM

Who or what is to blame for this outrage? The current multimedia (TV, movies, printed matter) that clouds the minds of the weak-minded. "Wanabe"people do what they see and hear. If unnerved to the point of denying Holmes membership in the gun range, the owner should have reported Holmes to the police because of his bizarre conduct. Holmes was more than "weird." It would seem he was insane and irresponsible in his conduct. If the police had checked him out on the basis of information from a business owner, the catastrophe would probably never have happened.

Walkin trails @ 7/23/2012 7:14 PM

I really have to wonder if anyone would have paid attention to a gun range owner as long as Holmes checked out clean. Im glad that the range operators were observant. I wish more people in that industry were. Still I cant lay blame on anyone other than Holmes. He acted, and based on his arraignment today, continues to act in a very selfish manner. He should have an example made of him. My heart goes out to all who lost people that night, and to the survivors.

Tom ret @ 7/23/2012 9:08 PM

You can't lock people up because they are weird unless you like getting sued a lot. Police will want to know what crime was committed for them to investigate. To take someone to the hospital for an ITA there needs to be an overact act and actions that the officer can articulate that substantiates why the subject is a danger to himself or others. I encountered weird people almost daily during my 28 plus years on the street. Some will end up committing violent crimes and others won't.

Tom Ret @ 7/23/2012 9:13 PM

Type- "overact act" should read= overt act

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/24/2012 12:13 AM

We all know he will be found not guilty by reason of insanity. He will be fresh meat for a while in some mental prison. He will be out in ten years working as an ethics professor for Bopah University, India.

Frank @ 7/24/2012 3:33 AM

Think about this! So the parents like many in todays world push their kid to achieve probably from a young age. No more playing games in the backyard. The stress of being one of the smartest puts so much pressure on him they he snapped. Children do not have the time to be children any more. The schools, parents and society in general have these kids stressed from an early age. Its all about being what? Tough on the kids. Gotta go, time for me to teach my 2 year old latin and thermodynamics!

getum @ 7/24/2012 5:57 AM

I see the gun range owner using this incident to his advantage, nothing more. I doubt he did notice anything at all, atleast not untill he saw the guy on TV after the rampage!!!!

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