CU Threat Team Alerted About James Holmes Prior to Shooting

August 2, 2012 By:

More information is trickling in about the Colorado movie theater shooter.

The psychiatrist treating James Holmes has come into the radar lately. Though it is still unclear as to the suspect’s motives, it has been reported that a threat team at the University of Colorado was alerted prior to the shooting.

According to Denver’s Call7 Investigator John Ferrugia, psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton alerted CU’s Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment – aka BETA – up to six weeks prior the July 20 massacre.

Sources told Ferrugia that Fenton had had several conversations with the members of BETA about how Holmes could be a danger to those around him. The group consists of “key” staff members from various CU departments who have expertise for dealing with assessing potential threats to the campus.

However, despite the insider talk that went on, Aurora police officials were never alerted.

Following the discovery of a notebook that was mailed to Fenton with Holmes’ massacre plans and sketches, it was confirmed last week that Holmes was treated by the psychiatrist while he was attending school.

According to Ferrugia, Fenton tried to engage the BETA team in early June regarding Holmes, but it never came together as it coincided with the period that Holmes began dropping out. Once that happened, BETA had “no control over him.”

It’s unclear as to what exactly ignited Fenton’s concern to begin with, but a source told Ferrugia that it would have to be both “serious” as well as “something specific.”

“He would have to tell her he had taken steps to make it happen,” a source said.

According to the school’s spokeswoman, Holmes lost access to CU’s secure areas as June 12. He dropped out of the university’s Ph.D Neuroscience program on June 10.

“My understanding he has not been back on campus where the program is since that time," said CU’s Chancellor Don Elliman.

Holmes remains in custody and has since been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.