Dark Knight Suspect Was a Psychiatric Patient, Court Documents Claim

The alleged Colorado gunman was reportedly seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting, one who specialized in schizophrenia.

According to court documents, the killer was seeing a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado-Denver, where he studied neuroscience. Photo: Estaticos/Flickr

The news raises questions whether the university may have had warning signs about the criminal’s mental health before the shooting during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie.

The investigation found out that the suspect did visit Lynne Fenton, the medical director of student mental health services.

Holmes also emailed her a notebook which revealed all the details of the shooting, but package was found unopened in the post room.

“The materials contained in that package include communications from Mr. Holmes to Dr. Fenton that Mr. Holmes asserts are privileged,” said the document filed by public defenders representing Holmes. “Mr. Holmes was a psychiatric patient of Dr. Fenton, and his communications with her are protected.”

After the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting in which were killed 33 people, the University of Colorado set up a special team to help and support students who seemed suicidal or might pose a threat to others.

There is no indication that the team — made up of mental-health professionals, campus police and others — had identified Holmes as a student in need of monitoring, writes The Washington Post.

Campus police, who also participate in the Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team, reported that they had no contact with Holmes.

University Chancellor Don Elliman said earlier this week that to his knowledge, “We did everything we should have done in this case.”

Meanwhile, 11 survivors remain in hospital, including five in critical condition. A Swedish Medical Center’s spokesperson announced that two victims were in fair condition after multiple surgeries.

“Both appear to be doing well and their spirits are definitely at a higher level,” said Audra Mincey, public relations manager at the medical center.

Among the survivors is Caleb Medley, who suffered brain damage. His wife gave birth to their boy Hugo Jackson Medley on Tuesday, and the University of Colorado Hospital said both baby and mother are doing well.

As CNN writes, Medley, who had been doing standup routines in Denver and worked full time at Target, had no health insurance.

“The surgeon came and talked to us and said he’d be in ICU at least a week,” said Medley’s friend, who launched a website to help take care of medical bills and the needs of Medley’s family. By Thursday evening, it had raised more than $313,000.

GivingFirst.org is one more site launched to accept donations for the victims of shooting and their relatives. By Tuesday, the site has achieved almost $2 million, Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

“The needs will be great and we look forward to seeing the fund grow exponentially,” he said. “This money will help those impacted by this tragedy begin to recover and rebuild their lives.”

The list of donors includes Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, producers of the “The Dark Knight Rises.” Sources at Warner Bros. studios revealed to reporters that the company made a “substantial” donation.

United Airlines announced earlier this week it was working with the American Red Cross to help pay for flights of family members of victims.

“All of us were impacted by these events, and we want to help in any way we can,” reads a statement by the company.

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