A 23-year-old woman and a 32-year, 6-foot-5 man were killed Sunday morning when an armed suspect opened fire at a Walmart store in Colorado, authorities said.
The suspect, who was shot dead by police, was identified as 24-year old James Holmes, a former neuroscience student from the University of Colorado, who authorities say killed six people and wounded 58 others during the shootings at the Century 16 store.
Holmes, who is currently in a psychiatric hospital, was a frequent visitor to the store, according to the Denver Post.
Holmes was a former student at the University at Buffalo, according a statement from the Buffalo Police Department.
He had been convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder and attempted murder in a separate shooting.
Holmes’ mother, who lives in Virginia, told the Associated Press that her son was an avid outdoorsman and would often visit the store.
She said she was surprised to learn that Holmes had previously been to the Colorado store.
“I just want them to know, I’m very shocked.
I know James was a good person,” her daughter said.
“He had a great job at the school and that’s what he loved.
He didn’t even have a firearm. “
When he got back to the States, he had a couple of other jobs that were better than this.
He didn’t even have a firearm.
He was a regular guy.
It’s just sad.
He loved his family.”
The victims included a 26-year former student who had attended the school for about a year, and an 18-year student who worked at the store’s security department, according the Buffalo News.
Officials did not say if the two students were identified or if any of the victims were children.
The Aurora Police Department said it had no immediate information on Holmes’ mental health.
Officials also did not release the names of any of those killed.