Aurora to study ambulance, police response to Cinemark theater shootings

AURORA, Colo. - The city of Aurora is planning a study of the response to the theater shootings amid questions about why emergency medical personnel didn't get into the theater until nearly 24 minutes after the attack.

The Denver Post reports the Aurora City Council gave initial approval to the $250,000 study Monday night.

The results could be made public in six months, unless a judge's gag order on the criminal case prevents responders from speaking with researchers, officials said.

Aurora city representatives have asked the judge to modify the gag order.

James Holmes is being held without bail on multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 attack, which killed 12 and injured 70. He is scheduled to enter a plea in March.

Recordings of radio transmissions indicate dispatchers sent the first two ambulances within 3 1/2 minutes and sent others after that as authorities struggled to grasp the extent of the tragedy.

It's unclear whether police efforts to secure the theater kept paramedics from entering sooner.

The Aurora study will be conducted by TriData, a Virginia consulting service that studied the responses to the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 and the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.

Aurora officials said no disciplinary action would result from the report's findings.

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