Shooting suspect James Holmes came to the attention of the threat assessment committee at the University of Colorado, but no further action was taken because he left the school more than a month before the cinema attack that killed 12 and injured 58.
As reported by ABC News:
ABC News has learned that Dr. Lynne Fenton, the psychiatrist who was treating Holmes, 24, at the school, was also a key member of the university’s threat assessment team. The group of experts were responsible for protecting the school from potentially violent students.
KMGH-TV, ABC News’ affiliate in Denver, reported exclusively that, according to sources, by early June, Fenton had informed other members of the team about her concerns regarding Holmes.
But on June 10 — three days after Holmes bought an assault weapon and added it to his already growing arsenal — he suddenly told the university that he was dropping out of the neurosciences doctoral program with no explanation.
KMGH-TV reported last week that he’d purchased the weapon hours after failing a key oral exam.
On Monday, Holmes was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, where 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Each death carried two separate murder charges, one for showing premeditation and one for showing extreme indifference to life; both of the charges carry the death penalty as a possible sentence.
Hopefully people will see this case as an example of the dangers that can occur when psychologists don’t perform their job properly.
SOURCE: ABC News