A second person of interest is being sought by Denver police in connection with Friday’s mass shooting that left 12 dead and close to 60 injured.
The identity of the person was not identified because the person has not been charged, Fox 31 Denver reported. Neighbors of the person of interest said SWAT teams and police cars have been in the alley and in unmarked cars in the street.
One neighbor told Fox 31 that the police were inside the person of interest’s home early in the morning.
“I woke up this morning with cops still here trying to look inside his home. At 5:00 a.m. cops showed-up and asked me about (him).”
It was not clear if the person of interest had an actual involvement in Friday’s shooting at a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.” A source told Fox 31’s Justin Joseph that someone made a phone call or text from the person of interest’s phone threatening violence if James Holmes was not released from jail.
Police said Holmes had been planning the massacre for months, stockpiling a cache of weapons and purchasing 6,000 rounds of ammo online, the Denver Post reported.
The person of interest’s Facebook page shows he has a master’s degree in bio-medical science, Fox 31 reported. Anshutz Medical Center confirms that the person is in their doctorate program, the same program from which Holmes withdrew several months ago.
As we reported earlier, one of the witnesses who was present in the theater when Holmes opened fire said the gunman may not have acted alone. The witness said that it appeared someone may have helped Holmes enter the theater, though it is unclear if it was actually Holmes himself that the witness saw.
“As I was sitting down to get my seat, I noticed that a person came up to the front row, the front right, sat down, and as credits were going, it looked like he got a phone call. He went out toward the emergency exit doorway, which I thought was unusual to take a phone call.”
The second person of interest is being sought by all law enforcement jurisdictions, including local, state and federal agencies, Fox 31 reported. Neighbors say the person of interest and his roommate left their home hours before the massacre and they haven’t seen him since.