So how much did Arlene Holmes know about her son’s deteriorating mental state of mind and could she have done anything about it?
In further signs of how charged things were preceding the Aurora, Colorado shooting, James Holmes‘ mother has acknowledged to authorities that she had a hunch that her son was involved with the shootings when she found out this morning that a shooting took place in the town of Aurora, Colorado.
The woman, contacted at her home in San Diego, spoke briefly with ABC News and immediately expressed concern her son may be involved in the shooting death of at least 12 people overnight.
“You have the right person,” the mother said, speaking on instinct. “I need to call the police,” she added. “I need to fly out to Colorado.”
One can only wonder what hunch she had about her son, what informed her of this premonition and what information she will be able to relay to authorities as they try to make sense of the disarming scenario and get inside the mind of the disturbed young man.
A thousand miles away in San Diego, several police cars have arrived at the home of Holmes’ mother. A spokesperson said the family was very upset and that the incident has taken everyone by surprise, even if on some level they suspected something like this could happen given the supposed torment of James Holmes.
What can a mother ever do or say when she picks up the phone and is told that their son is responsible for one of the all time mass killings of all time?