Why? The Colorado Shooter

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Why? The Colorado Shooter

James Holmes, Colorado shooterWe are again left to make sense of another senseless act of violence. Why would Colorado shooting suspect, James Holmes, walk into a crowded theater and kill 12 people and wound another 58 others? So far, authorities say Holmes isn't talking.

Part of being able to stop these random acts of violence is to develop a behavioral pattern making it easier to identify future potential suspects. But James Holmes didn't show up on anyone's radar. His behavior didn't attract anyone's attention. Even the large cache of weapons, ammo and protective body gear were legally purchased.

So here's the scary thing, or maybe it's something we'll just get used to:

"There's no way you can prevent it. There's absolutely no way," said Peter Ahearn, a former FBI agent. "It was random. It happened. There was nothing that could have prevented that unless someone saw him loading his car with guns."

What follows are articles on how to help your child cope with violence and the fear that comes along with that. One important thing to keep in mind, a person does NOT have to experience a traumatic event firsthand to be traumatized.

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Shawn Maxam is a black man living with bipolar disorder. He says the black mental health experience is different than what others may have come to know. How? Watch our interview with Shawn on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Child Phobia: Sports Phobia, Fear of Playing Sports

It's summer camp time and a lot of kids are engaged in sports. There are others, however, that have a sports phobia. Our Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has suggestions for parents to help their child overcome their fear of playing sports.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2012, July 24). Why? The Colorado Shooter, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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