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Gunman Enrolled in 2011

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The 24-year-old man arrested in the shootings at an Aurora theater overnight was in the process of filling out the paperwork to voluntarily withdraw from a CU graduate program in neurosciences.

James Holmes enrolled at the University of Colorado graduate school in June 2011. He was not a medical student and would have been working toward a PhD. 

He was most likely last on campus in June, police say. A news release with details about Holmes and the doctoral program has been issuee by CU.

Citing an "abundance of caution," university police asked all non-essential personnel in the campus' three research towers to leave Anschutz Medical Campus on Friday. Saturday, police issued a statement saying all campus buildings are safe, and normal operations have resumed.

The university offered meals and temporary housing to students who live in the same Aurora apartment building where the suspect resided. Police say Holmes booby-trapped the apartment, and the building could remain closed for several days.   

University leadership relayed condolences to the community in a news release Friday, assuring cooperation with police and offering counseling for faculty, staff and students.

The chancellor of the University of California Riverside, where Holmes received his undergraduate degree, issued a statement, expressing his sympathy to those affected by the shooting.

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