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The Dark Knight Rises shooter was dressed as the Joker

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James Holmes says he's the Joker: Report

Accused Dark Knight Rises theater shooter James Holmes reportedly told cops that he's the Joker. Read on for the latest developments on the horrific shooting of 78 moviegoers that left 12 people dead.

James Holmes told police that he's the Joker

Aurora, Colorado authorities are a long way from speculating on a motive for the horrific attack on a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises by alleged shooter James Eaton Holmes. However, we're getting more information on what happened during the shooting that left 12 people dead with 59 wounded.

"It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was the Joker, obviously the enemy of Batman," New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday at a press conference. Kelly is a close friend of Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. Oates didn't confirm the information, but acknowledged that he spoke with Kelly.

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ABC New reports that Holmes purchased a ticket to The Dark Knight Rises and propped open an emergency exit to get weapons from his vehicle parked outside. He then came back into the theater and reportedly threw tear gas into the crowd and opened fire. ABC News also reports he was wearing a bulletproof vest, ballistic helmet and a gas mask when he was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. He had four guns that were purchased legally a few months ago, according to the Associated Press.

"I am the Joker," Holmes reportedly told police during his arrest.

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Colorado authorities continue to work at Holmes' apartment — he indicated that the home was wired with explosives. Police indicated that they're still working to disarm the devices.

"The pictures we have from inside the apartment are pretty disturbing considering how elaborate the apartment is booby trapped," officials said outside the building late Friday morning.

Victims described the chaotic scene inside the theater as Holmes allegedly opened fire during a shooting scene in the film.

"You just smelled smoke and you just kept hearing it, you just heard bam bam bam, non-stop. The gunman never had to reload. Shots just kept going, kept going, kept going," a witness told ABC News.

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