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. Nancy Bush

    Is this what it takes to turn the movie off? I was afraid so.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marti

    It takes a lot to upset me with all the garbage going on in the world, but the dispatch about the child victim...that got to me.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Church Of The Poisoned Mind

    @saywhat: I agree. Prayers for the victims and their families.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    I really hope this guy didn't get these assault rifles from the Fast and Furious operation.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Are you serious?

      July 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. user234

    Brian and 1centFree, you touch on an interesting point. The "stand your ground" law gives people basically a free pass to shoot whoever they want. In Texas it is mostly used by racists to provoke minorities with racial taunting and if they face a beatdown suddenly they are "standing their ground" or whatever. It's really sick, people are literally getting away with murder.

    At least this shooter guy, despite being a murderer, clearly wasn't a coward like that.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • myke

      You are truly an idiot.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • doodlebug2222

      user234: QUOTE: "At least this shooter guy, despite being a murderer, clearly wasn't a coward like that."

      Then what do you call a person tossing in smoke/tear-gas bombs – into a dark walled-in room, of men-women-children, and letting them initially think it was part of a promotion for the movie? That Sir, defines Coward.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Packwood

      Your comment is off topic and just one more attempt to push you own agenda forward.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justanoldman

      You're completely wrong, Stand your ground doesn't give someone the free right to shoot people, nor does it apply outside of protecting your own house. Quit trying to twist the facts around and scare people of the stand your ground law. The things you've said are absurd, and 100% not true.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Burbank

    What were babies and small children that should be home in bed doing in a movie theater after midnight? Can't these selfish parents put the kid's needs first for a change and either get a babysitter or go the next day? Do we need to impose a curfew law for small children in order to protect them from their own parent's selfsh nacissim?

    July 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyn

      While you make an interesting point about children, it is not against the law to take your children out at anytime of day or night, especially as parents. No parent would ever think that someone would shoot or kill them in a movie theater, which could just as well have happened in broad daylight!. Let's not get ridiculous regarding policing when children are not allowed out simply because of the time of day or night, especially when accompanied by parents or adults.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrish

      That would my questions. Young kids don't need to be out at that time of night – dumb parents.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bane

    Don't look at me, I didn't do this one.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. User123

    Suspect seems to be a Rush Limbaugh listener!

    July 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      All the crazies are!

      July 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anniem

    I bet God made him do it...

    July 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Hallada

      More like a worshiper of Saten

      July 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob Fraser

    Pray for the victims, pray for the first responders who did a tremendous job but vilifying firearms is not the root of this. Granted, this guy was screwed up big time given how he was dressed and had an agenda. Other means could have been used with the same results but I want to know why Obama cancelled meetings post-event? Time to put the UN ban to paper and screw us legal arms owners? Us legal SANE arms owners should not be punished for this. The bad guys will obtain weapons no matter how deep we ban them... Someone should have taken him out if the situation opened. Isn't CO a CCW state?

    July 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alexander Rogge

    I find it weird that the "gun control" lobby screams loudly when a gun is used to commit a crime, but when stabbings occur from a knife, or a car is used as a weapon, there's no lobby screaming to take away the knives and cars. We kill thousands of people every year on our highways, deaths most of which are senseless. This was an unfortunate incident caused by a person possessing a variety of weapons. I'm more interested in the chemical weapon, the incendiary devices, and the booby trap that was laid for investigators. He came prepared to defend against less-determined people who might try to stop him with small arms while retreating, he used a chemical weapon to suppress resistance, and he knew how to take advantage of the expected surprise by making his attack look like it was part of a special performance for the movie opening. This looks like terrorism to me, and I hope the attacker gets charged to the fullest extent.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob Fraser

    So CNN now invented a Remington 870 in 17 GA. Get the story straight before you insert your foot into your uneducated mouth. Reporters have a DUTY to report correctly. What else is wrong in this tragedy that they screwed up? Trivial but what the hell does it matter what part of the movie was playing when he pulled this horrid act? Facts, Details, No bias please.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. booboo12

    Hope Colorado exercises it's right for capital punishment on this guy. RIP to all of his victims and thoughts/prayers to their families. What a shame..........

    July 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LifeNRAMember

    REALLY RON??? You're advocating for Communism-Why Not North Korea? I hear the don't have rights there either. Give me a break! AGAIN, this is NOT a gun rights issue on either side of the arguement.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Shawn

    Evil man, evil act. Innocent victims. Children for Christ's sake. Whoever or whatever made him stop shooting is nothing less than a miracle. Let this be a lesson to us all, we are never safe from the evil one man can decide to embrace.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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