In the early hours after the horrific movie theater massacre in a Denver suburb on Friday, small details were trickling out about the life of suspect James Holmes.
Authorities said Holmes is 24 years old and was living in a third-story apartment in Aurora, Colo., in the same city where the shooting took place. A police spokesman told CNN that he was arrested in the parking lot of the movie theater. His white sedan there was still being searched later in the morning.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said the suspect's apartment appeared to be rigged with "sophisticated" booby traps and it could be hours or days before law enforcement could get into the unit to investigate.
Late in the morning, Denver television station KMGH aired a photo it said was Holmes. He appeared smiling with short, messy hair and sideburns.
Despite rumors, there was no credible information about Holmes' possible motives for the shooting. Various news outlets, citing anonymous law enforcement sources, said Holmes had no history of criminal activity and appeared to only have a local traffic ticket on his record.
A spokesperson for the University of Colorado Denver confirmed to TPM that Holmes had been a student there. The Denver Post reported that he was in the process of withdrawing from a graduate program in neurosciences.
In California, police were called to the house of a San Diego family who appeared to be related to the suspect after reporters started gathering outside. A police spokeswoman, Lt. Andra Brown, said the family was asking for privacy and that a man was escorted from the house earlier in the morning.
"It is my understanding that that is the shooting suspect's father," Brown said.
The U-T San Diego reported that the family also released a statement.
"Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved," it said. "We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time. Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California, and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy."
Eric Lach contributed to this report.