Colorado Dark Knight Rises Shooter Said He Was 'The Joker,' Enemy Of Batman

Melissa Stusinski

As details continue to emerge about The Dark Knight Rises mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced at a press conference that the suspect in the mass killing, 24-year-old James Holmes, had his hair painted red, and called himself, "The Joker," the featured villain played by late actor Heath Ledger in the last Batman movie.

CBS New York reports that Kelly stated at a press conference that:

"We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was 'The Joker,' obviously the 'enemy' of Batman."

ABC News reports that one law enforcement official informed them the suspect stated, "he was the joker," and psychology experts have stated that, while it is hard to know what Holmes's state of mind was going into the shooting, people who commit crimes like this are usually suffering from long-held delusions of an alternate reality.

Kelly also stated during the press conference in New York that:

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the ‘The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs."

— Tony Aiello (@TonyAielloNY) July 20, 2012

The New York Daily News reports that one witness, Jennifer Seeger, recalled of the shooting:

"There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head....Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom. He would reload and shoot, and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed."

James Holmes Said He Was Joker