Police evacuated two research buildings at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus where the suspect in the Colorado shootings was a graduate student. The University of Colorado-Denver police chief sent a campus-wide email ordering all nonessential personnel to leave the campus or stay home, following the shooting at a nearby movie theater July 20 in Aurora. The campus evacuation order was in effect until the morning of July 21. Until recently, the suspected shooter studied neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver graduate school. The police chief said the suspect’s building access was terminated in June and he was in the process of completing withdrawal paperwork.
With a tangle of orange-red hair atop his head like a bizarre costume wig, James Eagan Holmes slouched into a courtroom days after the shooting and the university campus evacuation after that to learn he is being held on suspicion of committing one of the worst mass murders in American history. Shackled at the wrists and ankles, Holmes jingled as he walked into his first court appearance since the Friday shootings at the Century Aurora 16 that killed 12 and injured 58 more.