By Keith Coffman
DENVER, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Accused Colorado gunman James Holmes, charged with killing 12 people in a movie theater rampage last month, saw at least three mental health professionals at the University of Colorado before the shooting, a CBS News affiliate reported on Tuesday.
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a midnight screening of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in a Denver suburb, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. His attorney has said in court that Holmes suffers from an unspecified mental illness and had tried to get help.
Court papers filed by defense attorneys in July said Holmes had been a patient of the medical director for student mental health services on campus, Dr. Lynne Fenton, before he filed paperwork to drop out of a competitive neuroscience graduate program.
But local CBS affiliate KCNC-TV, citing unnamed sources, reported that he had seen at least three mental health professionals associated with the university but did not name them. Reuters could not immediately verify the report.
How long Holmes met with the additional professionals and the extent to which they were involved in his mental health treatment was not clear, KCNC-TV reported.
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery declined to comment on whether Holmes had seen three mental health professionals on campus, citing a court-issued gag order.
She did confirm that the university had obtained an attorney in addition to the two hired for Fenton. That attorney, Cathy Greer of Denver law firm Wells Anderson & Race, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As in many states, mental health care providers in Colorado must warn authorities of potential violent behavior only when a patient has communicated a serious threat of imminent physical violence against a specific target.
Previous media reports had said that Fenton reported Holmes to a campus threat assessment team and a campus police officer over concerns about her patient.
Holmes is being held without bond and in solitary confinement at the Arapahoe County jail. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they will seek the death penalty. (Writing and additional reporting by Mary Slosson; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa Shumaker)
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Zak Golditch, a rising senior at Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo. was sitting in a theater adjacent to where shooting began and was hit in the neck by a bullet that punctured the wall. He has now been released from the hospital. Golditch is a local football and track star, and hopes that his injuries will not prevent him from playing football in the fall.
Bonnie Kate Pourciau
Bonnie Kate Pourciau, 18, a Baton Rouge, La, resident was on vacationing when she was wounded by a bullet that struck her knee. Pourciau, who will be starting college this fall, was attending the premiere with a Baton Rouge friend, Elizabeth Sumrall, who was not hurt.
Despite being shot in the head, leg, arm and chest, Louis Duran (L.) emerged from the hospital the day after the shooting. Jahlil Hall posed with him for this bedside photo after learning his friend would survive the massacre. Hall told ABC News that Duran skipped their weekly basketball game on Thursday night to attend the premier with two pals from high school.
Christopher Raspoza of Brooklyn, NY, was grazed in the back by a bullet. He was attending the movie with his girlfriend, who was unharmed. He posted several pictures on Imgur from his hospital bed, including his bloody t-shirt and the gory bullet wound in his back.
Christopher Rapoza's Bloodstained Shirt
While recovering in the hospital, Raspoza holds up his blood-soaked shirt from the night of the shooting.
Samantha Yowler and Matt McQuinn
Ohio natives Samantha Yowler and her boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, were attending the premiere together when the shooting began. Both are 2004 graduates of Ohio high schools and now reside in Colorado, where they are both employed by Target. A co-worker describes the couple as "really fun people."
Gage Hankins, an 18-year-old resident of Forest, Ohio, was shot in the arm and is expected to recover. The recent high school graduate was on a family vacation and was attending a movie with his younger brother. They were seated in a theater adjacent to where the gunman started shooting.