Our system failed us. Abjectly failed.
(CNN) — A psychiatrist, who treated suspected mass killer James Holmes, warned police a month before the Colorado theater shooting that Holmes had made homicidal statements and was a danger to the public, according to documents released this week.
It is unclear what was done with that information or if that warning could have helped stop the July 20 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and dozens injured.
Holmes, a former doctoral student in neuroscience, faces 166 charges, including murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses, tied to the rampage during a screening of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.”
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and on Thursday released a batch of documents that revealed new details on the case including the warning from Holmes’ former psychiatrist.