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. neilleeds

    12 dead with one shooter, and people are saying if others had been packing he would have been stopped before 12 were killed. Doubtful. Can you imagine multiple movie goers blasting away in a crowded movie theater, and the people blasting away not knowing if the guy with the AK47 is the only threat, maybe some of the others with guns are as well. So then they'd be shooting at each other as well. And the original shooter who apparently was randomly picking victims, would more than likely just start to spray the whole theater. 12 would have turned into 120.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tr1Xen

      Doubtful.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor Lopez

      Bryanpetty, you would have not been able to do anything, since tear gas was already in there, then the warning shot.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      And then when the police show up and there are 4 people all shooting at each other, they will instinctively know who the REAL bad guy is.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      CoS: you are so right!

      July 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      The more guns you have the more deaths you have.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bryanpetty

    Conceal and Carry personel should know better then to draw down in this situation, unless they had a clear shot and could neutralize the target. I don't think a bunch of CCW holders would be blindly shooting at each other. But when he came in with a warning shot while I was sitting in the theater I would have placed my hand on my firearm and been ready to take that additional step, reholster and wait for a police officer to disarm the assailant and myself. I agree not everyone should have a CCW, but in the well educated and trained hands, it might have reduced the kill count.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      The end result would have been much worse. Saying that it would be anything less, in these circ umstances, is just silly.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • user234

      The real problem is that there are too many people in CO who don't belong there. It poisons the culture. Send them all back (and yes, this includes the military of course), they brought their stupid problems and are don't know how to solve them.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Idol Girl

    My prayers go out to the victims and families of this senseless massacre.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      I agree with you.....heartbreaking.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Watchman86

    Gun control issue?? Please!!! this individual makes the Choice to murder innocent people. How about people control? The AK-47 rifle did not make the choice to murder, it was the coward behind it. Dig deep into research and find the cure for unnecessary deadly force in sociopaths and we won't sit here bickering about gun control.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Take away the AK47 and all you've got is a coward standing aroung. "Guns don't kill people, people do"? I think the guns help. So, argue to keep AK 47s legal if you want, but accept responsibility for arming this man and his ilk. Is the death of children really worth your right to play bang bang?

      July 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CmcP

      Last time I checked, it was an AR-15, which looks nothing like an AK-47.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roger smith

    CNN just the other day had a video of of restaurant that was being robbed by 2 blacks with guns.
    when one of the blacks turned his back an elderly man with a gun pulled his gun and started shooting at the robbers they ran and tripped on their way out the door and were caught.

    think of the massacre this man prevented by having a concealed weapon in a public place.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • info

      2 blacks that had a defective non working gun..yeah they got what they deserved but make sure you talk about this WHITE boy who intended to KILL.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      A robbery and a shooting are two different things. Who knows why they didn't turn and start shooting back which would have lead to a massacre of a bunch of innocent bystanders. Use your head. Pulling a gun is not always the answer.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Also NOT a restaurant it was an internet cafe . Also was a ROBBERY not a homicidal shooting spree . HUGE DIFFERENCE .

      July 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    I can't believe the gun crazies are claiming the problem is that there weren't more armed people in the theater. Make guns unavailable and this happens less. Deaths per 100,000 from guns in the U.S.; 10.27. In England where guns are essentially illegal 0.46. Yes, gun deaths still happen there but, ye gods, arguing that gun control wouldn't reduce this kind of thing just makes you sound like a drooling moron.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clay

      Who's to say that the man wouldn't have bombed the place if he didn't have a gun available. England has a lower rate of gun deaths but there is probably a higher rate of other types of murders. If someone is going to kill- they will find a way to do it.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenneypco

      First gun control laws only allow criminals and police to have guns. Second we only allow the government to have guns Americans will not be able to defend themselves from the government if such a need arose. If Hilter taught the world anything was that disarming the general public makes it easier to control the general population. There needs to be some sort of balance between gun rights and gun control.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. user234

    Agreed, even the police dispatch did not know who the real shooter was. Imagine a bazillion imbeciles (with "military experience" spraying unarmed civilians no doubt) all trying to be the hero not knowing who to kill next The death toll would be in the hundreds.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in WNY

      Just because your worthless during a crisis doesn't mean everyone is.

      Should everyone have a CCW permit? But everyone shouldn't be able to drive either.

      But all it takes is a single responsible and capable person in the right spot and the scope of this could have been reduced considerably.

      Gun crime is an issue, and always will be, but taking guns from legal owners who use them legally and responsibly will never stop gun crime since if your willing to break the law there will always be ways to aquire firearms.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. elfie

    Such a horrific and senseless tragedy! My heart goes out to the victims and their families and friends, and I wish them much comfort and solace during this heart rending time.

    I disagree with the comments that if open carry were allowed that the gunman's first shot at the ceiling would have been his last, especially with the room quickly filling with tear gas. He was basically wearing full body protection, not just a bullet proof vest. Metal detectors on all doors might be helpful though.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    God, our love for wars,violence and guns has been spawning madness, who cares. Time would come that this nation would no longer be shocked at such horrors, this would be a statistic.
    This monster was carrying 4 guns including assault weapons. Military style weapons or whatever your preference you have excess to them, no problem.
    Solution? We should all be packing guns everywhere – great.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LifeNRAMember

    This is neither a PRO-Gun or ANTI-Gun issue. This is a tragedy that could happen at anytime and anywhere. It creates such heated responses because everyone wants to try and keep this from happening again. No law proposed after the FT. Hood shootings kept it from happening to Gabrielle Gifford. Its an unpredictable, unexplainable act that sadly cost too many lives. Pray for the families of the victims and the wounded to heal.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      There is no that kind of incident happened in China. Do you know why? Gun control and gun ban. It's naive to think that gun ban will not avoid this type of tragedy to happen. Just look at China or other countries who ban guns. Those places are generally a lot of safer.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubbish

      Truthful and intelligent comment. Thank You. Focus should be on those families who have an injured or lost loved one, and the grief they are suffering. I cannot begin to imagine what they are going through. My thoughts and prayers to all affected by this senseless tragedy.
      And as a former 911 operator, I can tell you that this is the type of call that none of us in law enforcement EVER want to get, and we sure wouldn't be worrying or speculating about politics, religion, gun rights, race, etc. Our priorities would be the safety of the civilians and first responders, and caring for the victims-as all commenters should do.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SB1790

    Maybe the government is orchestrating these people doing these shootings lately to create enough public sentiment to outlaw guns. There are suddenly cases that challenge all sorts of aspects of gun ownership.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there for the conspiracy groups.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. user234

    And you guys are missing the whole point - when everyone has guns, the psycho shooter killer guys will just escalate. It will never end. You could get rid of guns, but then the guy with the gun is the escalator. Just fix the culture and send the stupid people back to wherever they are from, Cali, the NE, Brooklyn, whatever.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • arose4yu

      I was agreeing with you up to the point that you pinpointed states where this supposed "culture" comes from...talk about generalizations...so I guess the Oklahoma City bombing started with California culture right? or that VA Tech suspect was from Chicago? or Columbine - those boys are originally from NY? I hate to break it to you but violence is everywhere in the country.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1CentFree

    So how much time does a licensed gun holder get for accidentally killing one or more innocent civilians while trying to be a hero?

    July 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      In florida, Oklahoma, Texas or any other "stand your ground" state, none.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. this guy

    This argument about Gun control is pretty much moot, bc the 2nd amendment will never be taken away. It jsut wont.

    And i dont own a gun.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nata

    Violent movies, violent games- violent reaction.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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