As horror stories continue to surface about the early morning shooting at a Dark Knight Rises premiere in Aurora, Colo., a Houston-area woman has told KHOU Channel 11 that her sister is among the scores of victims injured in the brutal attack.
At least 12 people are reported dead, including a San Antonio woman who had recently moved to the Denver area.
"They were watching the movie and all of a sudden there was smoke and gunfire and pandemonium. They didn't know if it was real or not."
Just after midnight, as the film began to roll, a gunman wearing a gas mask stood at the front of the theater and tossed several canisters of an unknown gas into the crowd before opening fire on moviegoers. Sitting at the back of the packed auditorium with her boyfriend and baby, the Houston woman's sister watched the event unfold.
"They were watching the movie and all of a sudden there was smoke and gunfire and pandemonium," the Houston woman said, relaying what her sister Patricia told her from Colorado. "They didn't know if it was real or not."
Patricia was struck on the back of her leg and on the side of her thigh, falling to the floor as her baby fell from her arms. The boyfriend, who escaped unscathed was able to get them out of the theater. Patricia was taken to an area hospital and remains in stable condition. The baby, who was dropped when its mother was shot, was given a clean bill of health.
San Antonio native Jessica Ghawi, a sports blogger who hoped to move into broadcasting, was among the fatally wounded, according to a Friday morning report from KENS Channel 5.
An avid Twitter user under the name of Jessica Redfield, Ghawi posted updates about going to see the movie Thursday night. Joking with a friend, her last tweet reads, "MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES."
The suspected shooter has been captured and identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. A neighbor of Holmes tells the Los Angeles Times that "he seemed to be a normal kid."
Vice President Joe Biden has also canceled a Houston fundraising trip set for Friday in deference to the tragedy.
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