Police Scanner: Dramatic First Minutes Of Shooting

Police Find Chaotic Scene In, Around Theater

Dramatic emergency radio traffic recounts the hectic first minutes of the Aurora theater shooting as police descended on the scene.

The first sign of trouble was reported at 12:39 a.m.

Dispatch: "315 and 314 for a shooting at Century Theaters, 14300 East Alameda Avenue. They are saying somebody is shooting inside the auditorium."

Dispatch: "They're saying Theater 9, where Batman was playing."

Dispatch: "There is at least one person that's been shot, but they're saying there's hundreds of people just running around."

The first officer arrives on the scene within minutes.

Officer: "453, I have a party shot here. I need rescue hot." Officer: "We've got another person outside shot in the leg, a female. I've got people running out of the theater, they're shot." Dispatch: "We'll let rescue know. They'll start more people. Officer: "Another victim, on the north side of the parking lot."

Two minutes later, officers try to make their way into Theater 9 but notice heavy smoke coming from that room.

Officer: "316, Somebody is spraying gas in here too."

Then, multiple officers request gas masks so they can enter the theater.

12:45 am

Officer: "Do we have gas masks available? Officer: "Any units that can bring gas masks to Theater 9, again we need gas masks." Officer : "Get us some damn gas masks to theater 9, we can't get in it." Officer: "From what I can smell it's OC (pepper spray)"

Two minutes later -- at 12:47 a.m., officers start to make their into the theater.

Officer: "We need rescue inside the auditorium, we have multiple victims." Officer: "I've got seven down in Theater 9, seven down!" Officer: "I've got a child victim. I need rescue at the back door of Theater 9 now."

At the same time, police are tracking down the suspected shooter.

12:45 am

Officer: "I need a marked car behind the theater, Sable side. I've got a suspect in a gas mask."

Police move in less than a minute later.

12:46 am

Officer: "The white car in the rear of the lot, is that a suspect? Officer: Yes, we've got rifles, gas masks. He's detained right now. I've got an open door going into the theater. Officer: "Ok hold that position, hold your suspect." Officer: "Set up a perimeter around the entire mall. Set up a perimeter around the entire mall. All cars do not need to go to the movie theater.

As some officers zero in on the suspect, others scramble to save lives.

12:48 am

Officer: "Bring all the victims that have been shot to the north side of the theater." Officer: "We need rescue inside the theater. Multiple victims." Officer: "210, I've got one on the east side immobile. I can't get to rescue. Shot twice in the back." Officer: "I need rescue to stage in the Dillard's lot. I need as many ambulances as we can to the Dillards' lot."

Police start to handle the injured.

12:48 am

Officer: "I want my fire trucks there also and I'll start bringing them in to triage people and get them out." Officer: "I'm taking one male to the hospital in my car." Officer: "Get me some officers in Theater 9 so we can get the movable victims out." Officer: "Start me Denver cars (police) this way too. I need more help." Officer: "I've got a child victim. I need rescue at the back door of Theater 9 now."

Three minutes later, police ask where the ambulances are.

12:51 am

Officer: "I've got one ambulance here. Where are my ambulances at? Officer: (open mike) Moaning, crying heard. Disptach: "Ambulances are staging at the northwest corner of the theater." Police use their cars as ambulances to ferry the wounded to hospitals.

Officer: "Cruiser 10, I need a medical crew inside. I've got one victim eviscerated."

12:54 am

Officer: "Do I have permission to start taking some of these victims via car? I've got a whole bunch of people shot out here and no rescue." Officer: Yes load 'em up and get 'em in cars and get them out of here." Officer: "15 dispatch, we're going to evacuate all that we can out of nine to the east side."

Full Police/Fire Recording: http://bit.ly/MxCzGS Link

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