Josh Kelly, 28, was watching the movie with his girlfriend of about four years. he lost her in the chaos.Josh called his father, Robert Kelly, from the theater and said: "I can’t find my girl." In the darkness and the smoke, and people panicking and trampling one another, he "just lost track and he couldn’t see," the elder Kelly said. "my son is freaked out."the dark theater quickly filled with smoke that stung people’s eyes and throats after the gunman tossed gas canisters, witnesses said. Moviegoers dropped to the floor and crawled over each other to get out. some dragged out bloodied bodies, lining them up in the lobby."I ran. I pushed. I did whatever I had to do to get out," said Resharee Goodlo, whose friend didn’t make it out of the theater and is feared dead.Emma Goos, 19, was separated from her friend, but they both made it out alive. She described "15 seconds of fire, fire, fire. he let off 20 rounds in 30 seconds."Goos tried to go home and sleep, but her thoughts were too haunting:a man with soft tissue on his head, blood gushing down his arms, holding his head and saying "is there a hole? is there a hole?" Children walking out, clutching people they had never met. a girl with shrapnel in her hips being trampled at the door. And "the gunman himself standing there with his feet spread apart as if he were the king of the world, like a video game or a movie scene," Goos said.Gunman "calm"Jordan Crofter, 19, sneaked into theater 9 even though he had a ticket for the showing in the theater next door. he wanted to sit with his friends.Crofter said the gunman appeared lackadaisical, "as calm as can be," and didn’t say a word. "he was sitting there like target practice. he was trying to shoot as many people as he could."Crofter ran for his life and was the first to the lobby. he found out later that a friend in the first row had been shot and collapsed. he didn’t know Friday whether he lived.one of the shots blasted through the wall into theater 8, hitting a person there.the University of Colorado said Holmes was withdrawing from the university’s graduate program in neurosciences, after enrolling at the university in June 2011. Holmes graduated from the University of California Riverside in 2010 with a degree in neuroscience, the university said.Authorities saw jars of liquid and ammunition in Holmes’ apartment, and said they would return Saturday with federal agents to clean it up. Neighbors were allowed to go home one at a time to collect medicines or other necessities, but not stay the night.Jackie Mitchell said he had drinks and talked football with Holmes a few nights ago at the Zephyr Lounge. Holmes was "geeky" and had a "swagger" to him, Mitchell said."he just didn’t seem the type to go into a movie theater and shoot it up," Mitchell said. "he seemed like a real smart dude."Witnesses said police came running into the theater shouting at them to run out. some of the officers carried or dragged victims to safety.Tammi Stevens, whose 18-year-old son Jacob, was inside theater 9, waited for him at Gateway High School. "You let your kids go to a late night movie … you never think something like this would happen," she said.Aurora police provide security at the theater on weekends, but since the movie premiere was playing just after midnight Friday, they were not there. the police chief said his officers would provide extra security this weekend at four other Aurora theaters showing the Batman movie, as a precaution.Sometime around 1 a.m., patients began arriving at the Medical Center of Aurora. a total of 15 patients — ranging from 16 to 31 years old — were sent to the medical center, 12 of them with gunshot wounds. An additional three patients arrived at the hospital Friday afternoon, the hospital said.Two patients in critical condition were at Swedish Medical Center.Denver Health Medical Center treated six victims; three were released and three listed in fair condition, hospital officials said. the University of Colorado Hospital had 23 victims, nine in critical condition.More than 100 FBI and 25 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were deployed to Colorado to help local authorities in Aurora, U.S. Department of Justice officials said.the president ordered all flags flown at half-staff in honor of the victims.the Town Center Mall in Aurora was closed Friday but will reopen Saturday. a prayer vigil was planned in Aurora for 6:30 p.m. Sunday.Warner Bros. studio canceled the red carpet premiere event of "the Dark Knight Rises" in Paris, and the studio released a statement saying the company is "deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident."Lines from previous Batman movies were quoted online Friday as news of the shooting spread, including "some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. they can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. some men just want to watch the world burn."Aurora police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Families looking for information about loved ones should call 303-739-1862.
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