July 20th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Police log: 'I need somebody to shut this movie off'

Following is a preliminary, raw transcript of the first 30 minutes of the call log from Aurora Police Department dispatch tapes after the fatal shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

1:00:07 315 and 314, first shooting at century theatres, 14 300 East Alameda avenue, they're saying somebody's shooting in the auditorium. 01:00:16

01:00:30 315 and 314 there is at least 1 person that's been shot but they're saying there's hundreds of people just running around. 01:00:36

01:03:42 315 be advised i think somebody's sprayed some gas over there too. 01:03:46

01:03:59 316 i need a rescue in here hot, see we got a guy shot. Inside of theater 9? Just outside of theater 9. 01:04:08

01:04:25 team 6 we got another person outside shot in the leg, a female, i got people running outside the theater that are shot in room 9. 01:04:33

01:04:39 318 i got another victim on the north side of this theater the parking lot. 01:04:43

01:05:05 from what I’m smelling inside I can – smells like it’s OC, maybe 2

01:05:14 get us some damn gas masks for theater 9 we can’t get in it

01:06:14 16 I need a marked car behind the theater stable side,suspect in a gas mask. 01:06:22

01:06:50 everyone hold the air one second, cars where that white car in the rear of the lot, is that a suspect? YES! we've got rifles, gas masks, you can see him ive got a open door going into the theater, OK hold that position, hold that suspect! 01:07:05

01:09:23 16 I got 7 down in theater 9! & down! 01:09:28

01:09:58 one of the shooters might be wearing a white and blue plaid shirt 01:10:03

01:10:09 I’ve got a child victim, I need rescue at the back door of theater 9 now! 01:10:13

01:12:29 (woman crying hysterically, help!) 01:12:34 (heard in the background; it’s a woman with a groaning cry)

01:13:07 I’ve got one victim eviscerated 01:13:09

01:14:21 I need somebody to shut this movie off in 9, how do we shut the movie off in 9?

01:14:29 everybody get on this, it's an assault rifle, we got magazines down inside, everybody watch out for the assault rifle. 01:14:35

01:14:55 do I have permission to start taking some of these victims via car? We’ve got a whole bunch of people shot out here and no rescue … yes, load ‘em up, get ‘em in cars, get ‘em out of here.

01:15:08 we have one we cannot move in theater 9

01:15:23 notify all the hospitals we’ve got people coming in

01:16:12 if they are mobile, get them outside. We’ve got a few that are not mobile.

01:23:47 the guy's still in theater 9 im working on a backboards for taht female. 01:23:51

01:25:01 suspect is going to be male, unknown race, black camo outside outfit believed to be wearing a vest, gas mask and multiple long guns. 01:25:10


Filed under: Colorado • Crime • Justice
soundoff (432 Responses)
  1. wayne

    Just think how this terrible event could have been stopped cold by some one with a gun in there . Folks its time too wake up !! The police can,t stop this and more gun laws can,t stop this . The only thing that can is a well aimed shot center mass of a mad dogs head like this animal!!! I bet a coward like him would have thought twice if he knew he could get shot too !!

    July 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      @Wayne: he had riot gear/vests/etc...a concealed weapon wouldn't have done much.

      July 29, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam Williamson

      "Just think how this terrible event could have been stopped cold by some one with a gun in there"

      How? It's a dark movie theater with hundreds of innocent people inside. It must have been absolute chaos. If you'd been in there with a gun what exactly are you saying you would have done, against a guy armed with multiple assault rifles, wearing body armour, in the dark, while he had several hundred targets and you had exactly one target and several hundred people you couldn't hit?

      July 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lol

      So why was it not over the second the police showed up with guns?

      July 30, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • karlotious

      While I do have a concealed weapons permit and do decide to carry in places I deem to be threatening to me or my fellow patrons.... A crowded theater, dark, gas abound, with innocent bystanders rushing around the assailant is NOT a clean shot. Not to mention how it would take a clear headshot to a man wearing full body armor. In short I would not risk hitting an innocent to maybe drop this guy.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • caw

      And you're nuts. There was a toxic gas that prevented people from seeing well. The guy had a bullet proof vest on. More than likely someone with a gun would have shot additional innocent people AND identified himself as a threat and killed either by the killer or the police.

      August 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lostisland

      Oh yeah, more vigilantes carrying guns so that more people get caught in the crossfire.

      August 16, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. RadZap

    The movie was carp, it should have been turned off 5 minutes into it.

    July 31, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dalt

    The vest everyone keeps talking about was a TACTICAL vest. That means it had a lot of foam and pockets.I wasn't bullet resistant. Someone with concealed carry might have kept the wounded and dead to a minimum.

    August 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mycroft61

      It was still dark and the movie was still running 15 minutes after the shooting. One MORE idiot with a gun would have doubled the body count and got himself killed.

      October 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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