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Report: Holmes' psychiatrist alerted threat assessment team


AURORA, Col. (WKOW) -- The investigation into the deadly Colorado theater shooting raises questions about warning signs and whether the suspect's university could have or should have taken action.

An investigation by ABC News and Denver affiliate KMGH shows there may have been warning signs before James Holmes allegedly carried out the shooting that left 12 dead and dozens more hurt in Aurora, Colorado. ABC News has learned the psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, who was treating Holmes at the University of Colorado, was also a key member of the school's threat assessment team. The documents uncovered by ABC show Fenton actually wrote the university's policy on threat assessment.

ABC affiliate KMGH in Denver is reporting exclusively that by early June, Dr. Fenton notified other members of the team about her concerns about Holmes' behavior. On June 10, three days after he bought an assault weapon, the PhD student suddenly told the university he was quitting.

According to what sources tell KMGH, the larger threat assessment team never had a formal meeting and never intervened, thinking they didn't have control over Holmes since he had left the university. Threat assessment expert Barry Spodak says, I think that's the signal that you should intensify your efforts, not walk away. Under those circumstances, most well-trained threat assessment teams would have gone into action."

University of Colorado's chancellor said earlier this week, "To the best of our knowledge at this point, we did everything we think we should have done." But now that's being challenged as those close to the victims wonder whether this tragedy could have been prevented.

To learn more about KMGH's investigation, click here.

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