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By Chloe Beardsley - email

SALINAS, Calif. -- Local Connection to Colorado Gunman. Neighbors we spoke with at Foxtail Place say they were completely shocked when they found out the alleged Colorado gunman once lived in their neighborhood. 

"I am in disbelief. I can't believe that someone from this community could do something like that," said Armida McDowell.

When 24 year old James Eagan Holmes was growing up he lived at the 9800 block of Foxtail Place in Salinas. He lived there with his family for six years, from April 1995 to December 2001.

Armida McDowell just moved into the area and wasn't here when the Holmes lived in the neighborhood, but says there's an weary feeling knowing that he once did. "It's kind of scary to think that you know someone like that lived right across the street its scary," said McDowell.

Other neighbors who knew the family did not want to go on camera. They told Central Coast News they rarely spoke with the Holmes family and that James was quiet and stand-offish. One neighbor told us that James went to Joseph Gambetta Middle School several years ago.

We went to go speak with relatives in Carmel but no one was home to give a comment.

Even though the tragic accident happened more than 1,200 miles away, Armida left our interview with an unsettling feeling about what happened. "It's so sad to think you know that people went to the movies to go have a fun date night and they just never came out alive. I don't understand how anybody could do something like that. You know. Take anyone's life much less do something to that extreme," said McDowell.

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