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Police said he was in the process of withdrawing from the university program at the time of the rampage. He was taken into custody without incident in the parking lot behind the theater minutes after police arrived.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Carney made assurances to the families that they would not use Holmes’ name, to avoid giving the alleged killer more publicity, according to Jordan Ghawi, the brother of victim Jessica Ghawi.

Mr. Ghawi tweeted the development on his Twitter account after meeting with the president. Mr. Carney confirmed that he’d agreed not to use the shooter’s name.

⦁ Dave Boyer reported from Washington.