By Will Holden | Fox 31 Local | Aug. 31, 012
AURORA, Colo. — Though their details differed somewhat from the original report, University of Colorado Hospital officials have confirmed that someone called their switchboard just minutes before a gunman opened fire at an Aurora movie theater, killing 12 and injuries 58 others.
Hospital marketing director Brad Fixler said the call lasted seven seconds, and that the caller hung up before speaking. Unlike suspected gunman James Holmes’ defense team, who suggested the call came in nine minutes before the attack, Fixler said the call came seven minutes before the attack at 12:31 a.m.
It was the only suspicious call the switchboard received 20 minutes before or after the attack, Fixler said.
Fixler also said that the call was not specified for Dr. Lynn Fenton, a university psychiatrist who saw Holmes while he was attending the school. Holmes’ lawyers said the suspected gunman was trying to reach Fenton.
Holmes’ lawyers first told this account at a hearing on Thursday presided over by Judge William Sylvester, who delayed his ruling about whether a package Holmes reportedly sent to Fenton a day before the attack will be protected by doctor-patient confidentiality.
Sylvester ruled that the hearing will continue on Sept. 20 when an additional witnesses is expected to testify.
Prosecutors say the notebook should not be protected because Fenton stopped seeing Holmes professionally over a month before the attack.