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. Charles

    if i was there, turning off the movie projector would have been the last thing going through my mind. My prayers to all.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh

      The loud volume of the movie was probably making the situation even more chaotic, this the police asking it to be shut off.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      The rescuers were obviously trying to help the victims. When the projector is running, the house lights are OFF and the movie is VERY VERY LOUD! Getting the projector off so they could do their job should have been one of the FIRST things to happen.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      @Charles, that request from police would have likely been to remove sounds from the movie (explosions, gunshots) so that responders could determine what was really happening versus coming through the movie sound effects.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bostonian

      That's why you weren't there, if the movie is still playing – and officers try to get inside the theater, they cannot pay attention to real bullets vs movie bullets, they cannot hear cries for help clearly and it's very risky without knowing if there are more gunmen inside. It's quite silly of you to think that movie shutting off is unrelated to the emergency.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      The cops cannot hear what is going on or being said if the movie is still playing. Surely they want to be able to hear if more shots are being fired. Makes sense to me.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • zma1013

      They needed to shut off the movie so that they could evaluate the threat. Having gunfire and loud explosions from the movie makes it difficult to figure out where or if there is more gunfire going on.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • hartzog86

      Working a active shooting and the movie has a lot of shooting in it would confuse the officers about what was a real shot and what was a sound effect from the movie. It was probably so loud they couldn't hear the victims or witnesses speak. I cac only imagine searching for the gunman with all the sound effects present in that movie would be a hair raising experiance.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      As others have noted, it was very important to get the movie shut down because they needed to hear what was actually important like the cries of injured people, more gunshots, people yelling "he went that way" etc. Presumably this was either one of those theatres without a live projectionist or he/she was not in there for obvious reasons.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      It was probably hard to communicate with the victims with the movie blaring in the background.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    it proves demons walk the earth ,let this one go back home.........to hell.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      i just hope you don't own any guns.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • demons?

      Demons, huh? Really? How about weak gun control laws that let people like this idiot arm themselves to the teeth? By blaming mythological beings, all you're really doing is capitulating and not taking the initiative to change laws. You're also placing the blame on something that, if real, is completely beyond your control. How does that help the situation? Going to exorcise this guy? Let's get real here and start a conversation based on fact, truth, and observable data, not antiquated and scientifically disproven explanations for bad events.

      July 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • this guy


      You blaming this on lack of gun control is just as bad as blaming it on fictional demons. How about we just blame it on a bad person

      July 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Slater

      Gun control laws have nothing to do with it-you could steal a tractor trailer and kill way more people-Point is if you take guns out of the equation a person will find plenty of other ways to cause this chaos.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oscar

    This is amazaing and sooooo scary at the same time, my heart goes out to all the victims and families. 🙁 What a shame.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Will

    God bless the USA

    July 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. this guy

    just goes to show, ppl are the most dysfunctional species in the entire animal kingdom

    July 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    Ever try to work in chaos? Having the movie off would have been a sure fire way to end some noise, calm people, and enable your senses to keep everyone safer. I understand the guy wanting the movie to stop screaming at him.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard

    I'm surprised they don't keep gas masks in the trunks of police cars.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Journalistic Guru

    Does CNN understand that dispatch is not the "911 CALLS" ...those would be calls from people calling 911.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stephen

    @Richard, even if they had them in the trunks of their cars, the first responders would not have known to take the time to get them out.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |

    This is very very sad and a tragic event. I just can't believe that another human being would do this type of thing. I sometimes wonder what is going through people's minds. Very sad. My thoughts and prayers to families and friends of those who were killed.

    July 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • this guy

      "I just can't believe that another human being would do this type of thing."

      Really? This isn't even close to the worst thing humans have ever done to other humans.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    This is tape of radio conversations, not 911.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DeathsChoice

    "not antiquated and scientifically disproven explanations for bad events."
    When was religion disproven by science? It wasnt... never will be either. Science is best guess, just like religion is. Remember when science was 100% sure the Earth was flat? Narrow minded fools like yourself would have kept us from moving forward. Dont close yourself and your mind off to possibilites just because someone puts in text that it isnt real.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS OF NY

      Science is all about discovery purely based on facts. As soon as they found out Earth is not flat, scientific minds were the first to get out of that theory. It was the church beurocracy that was not letting go of the old ideas and embracing new ideas based on facts.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Ferrell

      That wasn't science dip thong...it was the church that declared the world flat and that it was the center of the Universe.

      August 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    We also need to BAN ALL Violent Video Games.....

    July 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • zma1013

      Yeah, because nobody ever committed acts of violence before violent videogames. *Rolls eyes*

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

      Some people can see violent films or play violent video games and they will not go out and kill, but don’t tell me that violence in films or any media for that matter doesn’t have a negative effect on people because it does. It would be a huge job stopping the violence in media now because we’ve let it get away from us but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t at least try to stop it.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • zma1013

      I'll tell you a secret... everything that anyone experiences has an effect on them. That is life. What you experience can mold you. This is true. But saying things like violent media can actually transform you from a normal nice everyday person into a killer is just ridiculous. You really have to already be an angry, upset, or mentally sick person to be pushed so easily by something like that.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. conoclast

    There actually was a guy on this 'board who insisted that if ALL the movie patrons had been carrying guns this never would have happened. Ye gods-can you imagine the number of casualties there might have been with EVERYONE blazing away in the dark?! All the ER's from there to Denver couldn't have handled it! Is that REALLY standard gun-owner thinking??

    July 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • zma1013

      conoclast, it's highly possible that if 1 person had a firearm and had clear sight to the shooter, that they could have taken him out pretty easily. Sure, there's always the risk that you could accidentally hit someone else, but that's an unkown, whereas you do know that this guy is already killing people and if someone doesn't stop him, he will continue to do it.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      zma, it is equally as aooarent that another gun toter would have added to the carnage.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • zma1013

      Yes, I addressed that, but if a person actually killed the gunman, then it would be over. It's not like that person would continue shooting after they already killed the aggressor.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      In a tear-gassed theater that is darkened? Not hardly.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bolankeith

    why is CNN constantly obsessed with playing 911 calls and social media tweets? this is a horrible event and it seems that all CNN ever does is play peoples 911 calls when they are at their most vulnerable. These should be private conversations, not public entertainment.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      These weren't even 9-11 calls! This is radio broadcasts from the police...

      July 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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