911 calls from theater shooting: Sobbing, gunfire, confusion
A sketch of defendant James Holmes in a Colorado court. A preliminary hearing is being held in his case this week.
January 8th, 2013
02:26 PM ET

911 calls from theater shooting: Sobbing, gunfire, confusion

Emergency phone calls from last July's Colorado movie theater shooting in a court hearing played by prosecutors in a court hearing this morning reveal some of the horror and confusion from that night.

Because the movie was still playing during the shooting and, in at least one call, the gunman was still stalking the theater, the calls are difficult to make out. In one, there's too much sound to make out what the caller was saying, but the gunshots were unmistakable: At least 30 gunshots in 27 seconds.

In another, a 13-year-old girl called to say her cousins had been shot. A 911 operator tried to lead the sobbing girl through performing CPR on one who was still breathing.

Tuesday's proceeding was a preliminary hearing for James Holmes, a 25-year-old former neuroscience graduate student accused of killing 12 people at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado.

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  1. saywhat

    We have seen that these horrors are not going to deter gun pushers. They are more vociferous than ever. Sadly I also heard news that sales of assault rifles have soared.
    Second Amendment ladies & gentlemen.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Yes, because arming more citizens with more assault rifles is so much safer. Not.

      January 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      What ?

      January 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA Bob

      I will need to buy 3 seats at the movies now. An extra seat, to store my AR15 and extra ammo to protect me and wife. It's a hassle having to hold it for 3hrs during Les Miz.

      January 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      the windy city has

      January 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      the best

      January 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      weapon lawz in the nation

      January 8, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      telle why then were there

      January 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      over 500 homicides due to gun violence

      January 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      In 2012? I think you all get my point.

      January 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      You can't pass a law EVER to fix crazy and everyone here knows it

      January 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patrick

    He does not. I'm a chef.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Philip

    What happens when you arm a man who is adjusting to his meds. (or schoolchildren on SSRIs for that matter)

    January 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ignorance Is Bliss

      I see nothing wrong with that! I'm a firm believer of the 2nd Amendment and my right to own any weapon I darn well please!

      January 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    What kills me is that a national database of prescription drug users already exists. Know as National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER). This "ACT" was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005.
    All those little 5 year olds in Conn. could have been saved if only President Obama had issued an executive order for a "No gun buy list" for those spun out on pharmaceuticals such as Holmes was.

    January 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. DaNDy seRoQUeL

    Got my .44 hogleg strapped down. Anybuddy care to go see the picture show?

    January 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. DaNDy seRoQUeL

    I likeded the part where the man with the cranium was mad at the batman. But catwoman. You?

    January 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mary

    Known as National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER). This "ACT" was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005. All those little 5 year olds in Conn. could have been saved if only President Obama had issued an executive order for a "No gun buy list" for those spun out on pharmaceuticals such as Holmes was.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Well, why didn't Bush do it?
      Why are you putting this on president Obama?
      And that would be a great idea, in conjunction with banning the types of weapons used mainly in these types of crimes, but the argument can be made that both violate 2nd amendment rights.

      January 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    So it was my first sentence that wouldn't go thru, huh.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mary

    Time for me to go heat up pepperoni pizza. Duh!

    January 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mary

    What gets me is that a national data base

    January 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mary

    of prescription drug users already exists.

    January 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mary

    Every time you get any number of the SSRI family it is placed into an existing database.
    That was the jist of my first sentence to my 8:07
    Big brother knows what meds you're spun out on.

    January 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jason x

    Another potential crime in the making is happening on you tube right now. Bioconn77 is on christina agularas beautiful video on you tube saying hes going too kill a lot of people and hes gathering weapons. But of course no one is tracking him down for arrest it speaks to our countries tollerance of these individuals i think another tragedy can actualy be aborted this time he has commented about several attacks hes made in preperation. will we ever learn these people give warning signs before they do big things.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. chrissy

    Sheesh mary get off your meds or at the least get the dose straightened out. If Bush put this in place in 2005 WHY didnt HE make it a law?? He had 4 years to do it, and gosh knows he didnt do much else besides destroy our country.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. chrissy

    Bioconn77? Never heard of him but the name alone sounds like cause for concern.

    January 9, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply

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