Governor, Mayor Reflect On First Responders, Shooting Victims

70 Shot During Batman Movie; Worst Shooting Spree In Colorado History

Aurora's mayor and Colorado's governor said they are working to help the victims of Friday's tragic mass shooting at an Aurora theater.

Gov. John Hickenlooper called the man who shot 70 people at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie an "unspeakably troubled individual."

The governor said he was authorizing $200,000 out of the state's victim compensation reserve to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office to help victims.

Hickenlooper said he was releasing the funds to help with medical bills "so people can have a fair shot at rebuilding their lives."

"There's no way we can turn the clock back, but we can take this abhorrent, inconceivable event and do everything we can to make it better," Hickenlooper said.

He also praised first responders who arrived to a chaotic scene at the Century 16 theater complex at the Aurora Town Center.

He said police and ambulances arrived almost immediately and that it undoubtedly saved the lives of shooting victims.

"Being able to get to them so incredibly rapidly is a little short of a miracle," Hickenlooper said. "It just can't help but move you to hear of people that through their actions, their selflessness, saved other peoples' lives."

Hickenlooper said it was a miracle the outcome wasn't worse.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan agreed.

"We didn't lose more lives, and it's because our first responders not only did their job but they went above and beyond."

Hogan said he met with some of the shooting victims Saturday and told them the city would do whatever it could on behalf of the city.

"We will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to try to help them," Hogan said. "Everyone has come together as a team to try to do what needs to be done in this community."

Hickenlooper called the 24-year-old man accused of shooting 70 people and killing 12 as an "unspeakably troubled individual."

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