Dozens Recovering Day After Shooting At Aurora Movie Theater
Shooting Leaves 58 Injured, 12 Killed
8:58 AM, Jul 21, 2012
Dozens of victims are continuing their recovery, the day after a gunman opened fire in a shooting rampage at an Aurora movie theater, injuring at least 58 people.The victims, ranging in age from 4 months old to 45 years old, were taken to six different hospitals early Friday morning -- many by police officers who took action to get help while waiting for ambulances to arrive at the scene.Twelve others died in the incident -- two at area hospitals and 10 at the theater, police said.During a news conference Saturday morning, a spokeswoman with the Medical Center of Aurora said of the 15 patients brought there, eight have been discharged. Seven remain there and four of them are in the intensive care unit, with two being in critical but stable. One of those patients is expected to move out of the ICU later Saturday.Their injuries included gunshot wounds -- mostly in the neck, torso, and abdomen area -- chemical exposure and stress-related issues."Day two is a pivotal day for them beginning their recovery process," said the spokeswoman.All patients from the theater shooting taken to the Medical Center of Aurora have survived."It is going to be a long day for a lot of people," said Dr. Bob Snyder, a trauma surgeon. "Today is the day that there is going to be realization that there is going to be serious long-term conditions to deal with."The University of Colorado Hospital took in the largest number of patients, with 23 people brought there for treatment.A spokeswoman said injuries to the patients there included gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries. Seven were in critical condition and three were in good condition as of Saturday evening. Twelve patients have been treated and released. One patient was among the 12 who died as a result of the shooting.A 4-month-old boy was taken there for treatment, and hospital officials would not describe his injuries, although they said he was not shot.Three of the injured were taken to Swedish Hospital. Two of the victims - a 20-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man - were last listed in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. The third was treated and released.Children's Hospital told 7NEWS six victims were taken there after the theater shooting. Their ages range from 6 years old to 31 years old.Denver Health Medical Center treated seven victims from the Aurora shooting. Four patients were treated and released. Three remain at the hospital in fair condition, as of Saturday evening.Stay with 7NEWS for the latest on this developing story.