CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A University of Colorado spokeswoman says a criminal background check was done on theater shooting suspect James Holmes before the July 20 attack.
Jacque Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the university's Denver campus, said Thursday a court gag order prevented her from discussing who requested the check, who performed it, and who saw the results.
Holmes had been a neuroscience graduate student at the university but told officials in June he was withdrawing.
Montgomery's statement was believed to be the first explicit public confirmation that a check had been done on Holmes' background before the shootings.
Montgomery did say that Campus Police Chief Doug Abraham was referring to that background check when he said at a July 23 news conference that Holmes had only a minor infraction on his record.
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