Recent reports claim that Dr Lynne Fenton, who treated the suspect, phoned members of the Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team in early June. However, it’s unknown what exactly the specialist wanted to discuss.
Despite the warnings about possible threat, the University of Colorado didn’t take any action after the 24-year-old suddenly dropped out of a Ph.D neuroscience program on June 10, ABC News writes.
As local Denver TV station KMGH claims, campus officials did not contact police before the rampage as Holmes wasn’t not the school’s student anymore and thus they had no right to intervene.
It was previously revealed that the alleged killer quit the university on June 7 shortly after failing an exam. That same day he is said to purchase an assault rifle.
The university officials declined to comment on the reports, citing a court order barring the school from releasing any details about Holmes’ year-long tenure.
Don Elliman, the university’s chancellor, said last week that “to the best of our knowledge, at this point, we did everything we think we could have done.”
But experts suggested today that Holmes’ departure should have been a red alert.
“You know, I think that’s the signal that you should intensify your efforts, not walk away,” said Barry Spodak, a threat assessment expert.
“Under those circumstances, most well-trained threat assessment teams would have gone into action,” he added.
It wasn’t also confirmed that Holmes’ psychiatrist was a member of a campus behavior evaluation and threat assessment team, which includes faculty, staff and campus police.
On the day of shooting, Holmes emailed a notebook to Fenton, revealing all the details of the future massacre.
However, Holmes’ attorneys insist that the contents of the notebook should be kept confidential because of doctor-patient privileges, The Huffington Post says.
On Monday the alleged Colorado shooter was charged with 142 crimes. The list of charges includes 24 counts of first-degree murder, one count of murder with deliberation and one count of murder with extreme indifference for each of the slain victims.
Aurora shooting victims want massacre suspect James Holmes to suffer as they did in the dark theater at “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere.
“I think death by firing squad would be totally justified,” 22-year-old Carli Richards who believes Holmes shot her in the back with a shotgun.
However, the girl is sure that a simple lethal injection would hardly do justice. “Just injecting him would be painless,” she told reporters. “I had enough needles in me that night to know that a needle isn’t that bad.”
Richards went on, adding: “[James Holmes] shot me with stuff they use to shoot birds and deer. I wish someone would shoot him and bleed out.”
Earlier this week, a Colorado man whose sister was killed in the movie theater also called for the death penalty for Holmes.
“My mother is bereft, my wife is distraught and I am heartsick and angry,” Steven Hernandez told TMZ.
“Allow the justice system to punish this murderer. I want to see him sentenced to death and I hope he sits in jail for many years waiting to die.”