Report: James Holmes' Psychiatrist Was Concerned

Colorado shooting suspect was being treated at the University of Colorado.
3:00 | 08/01/12

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A NEW INVESTIGATION, RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT WARNING SIGNS AND WHETHER THE UNIVERSITY ATTENDED BY THE SUSPECT COULD HAVE OR SHOULD HAVE TAKEN ACTION. ABC'S MARK GREENBLATT IS IN COLORADO WITH DETAILS OF THE NEW REPORTING BY ABC NEWS AND OUR DENVER AFFILIATE KMGH. GOOD EVENING, MARK. Reporter: GOOD EVENING, DIANE. FOR WEEKS THE WORLD HEADS FOCUSED ITS ATTENTION TO JAMES HOLMES AND THE WORLD'S BIGGEST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY. HOWEVER, TONIGHT WE'RE LEARNING OUR FIRST BIG SIGNS THAT THE PSYCHIATRIST THAT ATTENDED TO JAMES HOLMES, MAY HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT HIM LONG BEFORE THE SHOOTING. FOR WEEKS THE WORLD HAS BEEN WONDERING IF THERE WERE SIGNS THIS WOULD EAMPT MERGE FROM AN ORDINARY STUDENT. THEIR LYNN FENDON WHO WAS TREATING HOLMES WAS ALSO A KEY MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL'S THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM. IN FACT, THESE DOCUMENTS SHOW FENTON ACTUALLY WROTE THE UNIVERSITY'S POLICY ON THREAT ASSESSMENT. WHAT'S MORE, OUR AFFILIATE IS REPORTING EXCLUSIVELY THAT BY EARLY JUNE, FENTON NOTIFIED OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TEAM ABOUT HER CONCERNS ABOUT HOLMES'S BEHAVIOR. ON JUNE 10, THREE DAYS AFTER HE BOUGHT AN ASSAULT WEAPON, HE SLENL TOLD THE UNIVERSITY HE'S QUITTING. SO SOURCES TELL US THE LARGER THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM NEVER HAD A FORMAL MEETING AND NEVER INTERVENED, THINKING THAT THEY HAD NO CONTROL OVER HOLMES ONCE HE LEFT. AT THE VERY TIME EXPERTS SAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RED ALERT. I THINK THAT'S A SIGNAL THAT YOU SHOULD INTENSIFY YOUR EFFORTS, NOT WALK AWAY. UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES MOST WELL TRAINED THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS WOULD HAVE GONE INTO ACTION. LISTEN TO THAT THE UNIVERSITY'S CHANCELLOR CLAIMED EARLY LAST WEEK. TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, AT THIS POINT, WE DID EVERYTHING THAT WE THINK WE SHOULD HAVE DONE. Reporter: WORDS UNDER FIRE NOW AS THOSE CLOSE TO THE VICTIM NOW ASK COULD THIS ALL HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO CONFIRMS TONIGHT THAT DR. FENTON DOES HAVE AN ONGOING ROLE FROM THE THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM, BUT WON'T SAY IF SHE WARNED OR EXPRESSED ANY CONCERN TO ANY OF HER COLLEAGUES, CITING A COURT ISSUED GAG ORDER AND THEIR FENTON IS NOT RETURNING OUR CALLS. DID WE HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO SAID THEY WERE CONTACTED BY THE UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING HIS PARENTS? WE REACHED OUT TO THE FAMILY. THEY SAID NO. OUR EXPERT SAID THE FAMILY IS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED UPON

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