James Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned University Before Aurora Shooting

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James Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned University Before Aurora Shooting
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James Holmes' Psychiatrist Warned University Before Aurora Shooting

The newest wrinkle in the Aurora movie theater massacre is bound to elicit even more frustration and anger: According to "sources," alleged shooter James Holmes' psychiatrist warned University of Colorado police about Holmes' behavior weeks before the Aurora shooting. Looking back at the awful events, we're all trying to piece together what could have been done to prevent such a thing, and if what ABC News sources are saying is true, it'd be infuriating to learn that University of Colorado police had a warning and didn't act on it.

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"The sources did not know what the officer approached by Dr. Lynne Fenton did with the information she passed along," ABC News' Mark Greenblatt, Carol McKinley and Mike Gudgell report. "They said, however, that the officer was recently interviewed, with an attorney present, by the Aurora Police Department as a part of the ongoing investigation of the shooting," they added. Mind you, there was an earlier report (quickly called into question) that Holmes supposedly sent a notebook detailing plans of the Aurora shooting to his psychiatrist late last month. Another curious facet of the story is the question of who exactly is providing ABC News with leaks--a psychiatrist would be breaking patient-physician confidentiality by talking to reporters (but could be clearing her name, since psychiatrists are allowed, maybe even expected, to break confidentiality if they're aware of a serious/imminent threat), and this new information isn't exactly doing any favors for the University of Colorado police. "University of Colorado spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery declined to comment on what, if anything, the university police officer might have done with information provided by Fenton, citing a court-issued gag order preventing her from confirming or denying any information related to Fenton or the investigation," reports the ABC News team. 

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