“The voices stated my family and friends have been going to be killed,” Joseph Jimenez, 20, stated Wednesday in a interview at a Riverside County jail in Banning the place he’s being held, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
He didn’t clarify how killing individuals would save his family members.
Jimenez additionally gave a blow-by-blow description of the capturing however provided his condolences to the households of the victims, saying: “I want I did not do it.”
Rylee Goodrich, 18, and Anthony Barajas, 19, have been shot within the head whereas watching a film at an almost empty Corona, California, theater July 26. They have been discovered by an worker after the final displaying of the night time.
Goodrich died on the scene. Barajas was taken to a close-by hospital, the place he was positioned on life assist however died final week.
Barajas, recognized on-line as itsanthonymichael, had practically one million followers on TikTok and extra on different platforms.
Nevertheless, police have stated the suspect acted alone, and there’s no indication he knew the victims or that Barajas’ position as a TikTok influencer performed a task within the crime.
Jimenez stated that voices had haunted him for eight months, generally threatening to steal his automotive and tv.
Jimenez stated he was identified with schizophrenia about eight months in the past however just lately had stopped taking his prescribed remedy.
“I ran out and didn’t get it refilled,” Jimenez stated.
Jimenez had gone to the theater with three buddies, who informed investigators they have been alarmed and snuck out of the theater as a result of they believed he had introduced a gun into the cinema and was performing unusually, the Orange County Register reported in a narrative Monday. They did not warn anybody.
That left solely Jimenez and the 2 victims.
Jimenez stated the voices have been so overwhelming the night time of the capturing that he could not think about the film, “The Perpetually Purge,” a violent thriller. However he added that the theme of the film did not affect his actions.
He introduced a gun from his automotive into the theater and shot the youngsters.
Jimenez was arrested the next day.