Following a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and 59 wounded, former Miami Police Chief John Timoney told CNBC that such incidents were happening “with some kind of regularity.”
“This guy was coming in to do battle, to get a high body count. It’s horrible. It’s almost every other year, if you go back over the last dozen years. Every year we see it happen. It’s not just in the United States, by the way,” he said on “The Kudlow Report.” “However, it’s starting to happen in the U.S. — I hate to say it — with some kind of regularity, which is disturbing.”
A neuroscience graduate student James Holmes was arrested following the shooting at the midnight premiere of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. Police said he was armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and two Glock pistols.
It was the worst mass shooting in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas, when an Army psychiatrist killed 13 soldiers and civilians and more than two dozen others wounded.
Timoney, who also worked for the New York Police Department and is now a security consultant for Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior, also said copycats were “a distinct possibility” but advised against overarching measures.