- Associated Press - Sunday, July 22, 2012

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes applied to join a Colorado gun range but never became a member after the owner became concerned over his “bizarre” message and behavior.

Owner Glenn Rotkovich says Holmes emailed an application to join the Lead Valley Range in Byers on June 25 and there were no overt warning signs in that form.

Holmes said he was not a user of illegal drugs or a convicted felon, so Rotkovich followed up by calling Holmes‘ apartment to invite him to a mandatory orientation the following week.

Rotkovich got Holmes‘ answering machine and says “it was bizarre — guttural, freakish at best.”

Rotkovich left two other messages but eventually told his staff to watch for Holmes at the July 1 orientation and not to accept him into the club.

Windows are broken July 20, 2012, at the Aurora, Colo., apartment of James Holmes, 24, the alleged gunman in an assault at a theater during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight." Twelve died and more than three dozen people were shot in the assault. (Associated Press)
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