Colorado Shooting Suspect Worked at a Jewish Summer Camp, Says L.A. Report

According to the Los Angeles Times, James Holmes worked at Camp Max Strauss in 2008.

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James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and dozens wounded, worked for a Jewish summer camp, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the report, Holmes worked in the summer of 2008 as a cabin counselor at Camp Max Strauss. The Los Angeles summer camp was founded in 1938, says the report, is a "nonsectarian program for underprivileged children ages 7-14, run by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles."

At the camp, Holmes was responsible for “the care and guidance of a group of approximately 10 children," Randy Schwab, CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, wrote in a statement published by the Times. He added that Holmes' role was to help children "learn confidence, self-esteem and how to work in small teams" to affect "positive outcomes."

The Times added that, according to Schwab, Holmes "had no incidents or disciplinary concerns" as a counselor.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of those involved in this horrible tragedy,” wrote Schwab. “On behalf of Camp Max Straus I want to offer our deepest sympathies and condolences.”

Holmes is suspected in a mass shooting that occurred late Thursday night during a midnight screening of the new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," when he allegedly hurled a gas canister into the auditorium and opened fire on moviegoers. The 24-year-old student was arrested early Friday outside the Aurora theater following the incident.

Twelve people were killed in the attack and dozens wounded. Seven of the wounded remained in critical condition with some injuries that could be permanent.

Law enforcement officials on Saturday began trying to disarm up to 30 devices in Holmes' booby-trapped apartment in Denver. Hoping to find clues to Holmes' motive without destroying key evidence in a blast, federal authorities set off a small explosion to detonate one device.

It was later reported that authorities had removed all of the explosives from the apartment. A law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that power had also been restored to the building.

Federal officials said they have not yet determined a motive for the suspect.

James Holmes, the Colorado shooting suspect.Credit: AP
James Holmes, 24, is seen in this undated handout picture released by The University of Colorado July 20, 2012.Credit: Reuters



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