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. grannymouse

    Why show this murder's picture. It gives him what he wants. All the media should just show the pictures of the victims.

    July 22, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. ma & pa

    A year ago, in a land where strict gun control was in force, one evil man did a bombing and then went to a peaceful island where happy young people had Many had been brought up without the idea that personal self defense is a valuable skill (too violent, Oh dear). When Anders Behring Bleivik began murdering them, all they knew to do was run and hide. Poor children.

    July 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ma & pa

    A year ago, in a land where strict gun control was in force, one evil man did a bombing and then went to a peaceful island where happy young people had gathered. Many had been brought up without the idea that personal self defense is a valuable skill (too violent, Oh dear). When Anders Behring Bleivik began murdering them, all they knew to do was run and hide. Poor children. Wonder if any among those "non-violently" brought up people even Dared to wish they had a gun to defend themselves and stop the murderer? Gun Control Law did not stop that evil killing, nor will it stop other evil killers. The doctors still can't

    July 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ma & pa

    agree on insane or sane. It is the personification of evil. We need the means to defend ourselves when it rises against us, and the discernment to recognize it.

    July 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the 1 prophet

    America government is at fault a should claim responsibility, jut like a terrorist group, the impoverishment of the population is contributing to these I incidents and more will be coming ...

    July 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the 1 prophet

    America government is at fault a should claim responsibility, just like a terrorist group, the impoverishment of the American population is contributing to these I incidents and more are on the way

    July 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the 1 prophet

    I invoke no one America Government is corrupted and subordinates the population eith burdens like property tax and income tax the government will collapse soon

    July 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the 1 prophet

    The America economy will collapse. once the federal government loses the grip on the monetary hold

    July 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mrscomom

    After reading the police transcript of the timeline, it appears there were shortcomings in the theater's management of the situation. Wasn't there an employee in the projection room? How come theater personnel didn't turn the lights on? Why did it take so long for the movie to be turned on? Wasn't there security people within the theater staff?

    Considering the amount of people that can be in a theater at any given time, it seems there was extremely poor management of this complex in terms of response time and security measures. I've worked in various public complexes through the years and most establishments have security personnel on staff that can respond to emergencies QUICKLY! It seems this organization was quite lacking in personnel and protocol to protect its patrons.

    The extent of this tragedy could possibly have been lessened if the theater management had responded to this emergency ASAP!!!

    July 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrscomom

      I meant to say, how come it took so long for the movie to be turned off?

      July 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curious

      People were getting shot, would you stare down death to man a projector?

      July 23, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Projectors are operated by timers now, digitally, with no manual effort required. There is no need for someone in the projection room unless there is a malfunction with the equipment.

      July 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • beancounter

      This was Colorado, not some heavily criminal neighborhood in NYC or LA. Our movie theatres here have no security at all. And if I was a 17 year old kid working there, I wouldn't be doing anything but hiding. The guy shot more than 100 rounds. Most of us would pee our pants and be crying for mama in chaos like that. Stop trying to blame everyone else for what this monster did. Police response time was quick. It's a wonder more didn't die due to the relatively close range. GOD bless all those affected by this horror.

      July 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Have you ever seen ARMED security at a movie theater, dummy? Didn't think so. As for there being an employee in the projection booth, I'm guessing when they heard gunfire they RAN! Think before you spew your stupidity out over the internet.

      July 24, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. CNNsux

    Newscaster's tone is inappropriate to what he's describing. Sounds like hes doing the weather or sports. Disgusting.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Shouldn't news reporters be like that? By the way, if the US had banned gun purchase scam, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, A.J. Boik, and probably everyone else would be here.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pinkfloyd43

    BTW, excellent work by the police especially when they indicated 'we can load them in our cars as no rescue was on site'! Again great job and they were able to keep a straight head during this tragic, tragic scene. More gun control is not the answer as there would of been something else he would of used. I do believe that if there had been someone with a concealed weapon they may of had a change to do something. I wonder why no one attempted to 'jump him from behind' but during something like this most of us freeze and flee from the issue!

    Great job again police!

    July 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Archie Bunker III

    If the government bans guns.Only the criminals will have guns.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Smarf

    Take off your tinfoil hat and listen.

    He bought a ticket wearing normal clothes.
    He entered the theater with everyone else.
    He went out through the exit, and put on the tactical gear he'd placed their earlier.
    He came back in through the exit he propped open and started shooting.

    Yes, it's totally a conspiracy, and those Oscar winning actors that no one has ever heard of didn't actually lose their children, spouses or parents. Please go up to them and tell them that to their face.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ribidit

    Ree – yes, and 911 was a hoax and so was the holocuast – you sir or madam are a complete idiot....sorry, but it is glaringly obvious that you need help

    July 26, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. johnnyjounce

    Ree,
    You should be ashamed of yourself for using this tragedy to promote a website. There may be a lot of sick things happening in the world that may or may not involve "conspiracies" of the type you mention, but there are better forums for discussing those possibilities, which are, at best, inquiries into speculation, and at worst, paranoid delusions. With you, I suspect the latter. There are people grieving, seeking answers...it is a shame that you open with "this event never happened." Truly disgusting.

    July 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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