August 2nd, 2012
09:02 PM ET

Report: Holmes' psychiatrist reported behavior; Could the shooting have been prevented?

Court papers show the accused mass murderer was being treated by a University of Colorado psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton.  According to CNN affiliate KMGH, Dr. Fenton was so concerned that James Holmes could be a danger to others, she referred his case to members of a threat assessment team - six weeks before the shooting, but police were never called.

Around the same time, Holmes withdrew from the University. Could the shooting have been prevented?

Report: Holmes' psychiatrist reported behavior to colleagues

The psychiatrist treating the accused Colorado movie theater gunman was so concerned about his behavior that she mentioned it to her colleagues, saying he could potentially be a danger to others, CNN affiliate KMGH reported Wednesday, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation.

The psychiatrist's concerns surfaced in early June, nearly six weeks before the July 20 killings inside a movie theater in Aurora, sources told the Denver station.

Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded when the gunman opened fire during a screening of the new Batman film. James Holmes, 24, was charged Monday with murder and attempted murder in the case; he also faces two weapons charges.


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