Therapist Who Alerted Police To Shooting Plot: ‘I Was Just Doing My Job’
BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4)– The therapist for a man who said he planned to kill the president and shoot children during a Halloween event said he isn’t a hero and was only doing his job when he called authorities.
Corey Candelaria has a therapy practice in Broomfield. His office is temporarily closed after he made headlines that he turned over his client, Mitchell Kusick, to authorities.
According to police documents, Kusick, 20, told police he was planning on killing children on Halloween because he was looking for somewhere with a lot of people and he “could have the biggest impact.”
Candelaria has been avoiding any media attention. He is humble and refuses to accept any admiration for his actions, although he may have saved the lives of many.
“I was just doing my job,” said Candelaria. “I appreciate it but I don’t think it’s necessary. I’m in the helping profession and my job is to try and help people.”
In a meeting with Candelaria on Oct. 29, Kusick allegedly revealed that he had planned to use the gun to kill children at the school on Halloween.
He then allegedly was planning on continuing to shoot and hoped to plan to draw police into a gunfight.
According to the document, Kusick had homicidal fantasies on a daily basis for the past five or six years and he was obsessed with the Columbine shootings, Virginia Tech shootings and the Jessica Ridgeway case.
Kusick also allegedly admitted that he wanted to assassinate President Barack Obama. He said he had been keeping track of his travel schedule, and wanted to go down in history as “the guy who killed Obama.”
Candelaria plans to reopen his practice once the hype surrounding Kusick’s arrest has died down.