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. Jason

    Somehow I doubt more/stricter gun control laws would have prevented this. I'd be willing to bet that the gunman didn't exactly following existing laws in arming himself.

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

      Agree. I am a gun control advocate, but in this case I don't think it would have made a difference. This was just someone messed up in the head, and if he'd had no access to guns, he would have used something else. This isn't a gun control issue, it's a mental health issue.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      If everyone was allowed to carry guns, the psychopath wouldn't have been the only one armed. They said the gunman's first shot was aimed at the ceiling. That might have been his last shot if everyone else in the theater was allowed to carry.
      Gun restriction laws are not the answer. People who are willing to break the laws that outlaw murder are going to break the laws that outlaw guns.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RayJacksonMS

      Name one mass shooting that wasn't gang or drug related where the guns were illegal.

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


      The Columbine Shooting was done with illegaly bought firearms...that was easy.

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

      Interestingly enough, he did. All weapons were purchased completely legally. Not that I'm defending gun control, just an FYI.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. this guy

    I wish ppl would shut up about this being a religious, gun-control, or video game issue...The guy was just a lunatic, simple as that.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • VinceProfessor

      Nonsesne. This is precisely a gun control issue. People walking around with AK47's, acquired legally, is an outrage!

      July 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • this guy

      @VinceProfessor do some research, Gun control does NOT equal Crime Control.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • halfbakedlunatic

      Hmm – and I thought I was the Lunatic.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • zma1013

      I'm fairly certain owning an AK47 is illegal because they are fully automatic. I'm not aware of any state that let's a civilian own a fully automatic weapon.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      WRONG zma1013 not allAK47's are fully automatic . Keep watching your Rambo movies since that seems to be where your knowledge on assault rifles comes from .

      July 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom




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

      @tom You yelling really hammers home the point you're trying to make lol

      July 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • VinceProfessor

      Tom. You are wrong. Almost all police chiefs disagree with you publicly and vociferously. Te reason is if lots of people have concealed guns, and they all draw their guns in an incident like this, it is very difficult to determine who the bad guy is. So, everybody starts shooting everybody, and you get even a worse tragedy! Please study those reports before you propagate such misguided ideas.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • marycontrary

      I hope to god I'm never in the area should something like this happen and you are there. You sound like you're just itching to start shooting. If Colorado is a conceal/carry state wouldn't you think there were people in the audience carrying? If so, it's probably a good thing they didn't open fire along with the gunman. Imagine the carnage then. Dark. Scared, screaming, running masses and "civilians" trying to take the gunman down with their own weapons? I shudder to think.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      i am a strong advocate of the right to carry concealed weapons. but i doubt having a handgun in a dark movie theater with panicked people running all around is a match against someone with a semi-auto rifle and multiple clips. let's be logical. it is an important right but it is not going to prevent 100% of crimes.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      I doubt that. In a darkened theater with gas canisters exploding your hand gun would be effective as a sling shot against a body armored shooter with a semiautomatic weapon!

      July 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The gunman was wearing a bullet-proof vest. You would have shot him and he would have turned around and shot you, your wife and kids.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • halfbakedlunatic

      Tom – you are completely wrong. If even just a few people in the theater had firearms to "protect themselves" then there would have been double the amount of people killed in the crossfire. And if a few people carry guns to every movie in every city every day, we'd have at least fifteen extra deaths PER DAY across the country rather than this isolated incident.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • say what?

      Great, so you would be someone who would be shooting into a dark, smoky, panicked people filled room. You are nuts

      July 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sl393l

      Not a good idea to be pulling a concealed weapon out in a dark crowded movie theater as people are running in all directions for their lives. Unless you are a trained military sharpshooter, who knows who you can accidently hit.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Tom. You are not the Lone Ranger. You will not 'shoot the bad guy and be a hero'. That is a fantasy.

      The reality is that there are too many guns.

      But people like you, Tom, who join the NRA, and seemingly confuse their guns with their genitals....it's people like you who prevent even the most RATIONAL change in gun-laws...because you are a frightened little boy who needs his guns to make him feel safe.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYKnows

      Wrong. People firing back in a dark theater full of tear gas would have resulted in more carnage. Stop using every tragic event to defend carrying guns. Guns kill. End of story.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatDCGuy

      So you would have started firing blindly in that theatre? Tear Gas everywhere, the attacker wearing camo and kevlar... and a FULL theatre. Likelihood is, no matter how well you are trained, if you opened fire, you would have killed someone else

      July 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • People named tom must be a bit slow

      So you carry a concealed weapon. Nice. And had you been there, what would you have done?

      Stand up and shoot the shooter?

      And what happens when someone else sees you firing, stands up and shoots YOU? And then THEY get shot by someone else, who gets shot by some other person, who then gets shot by the next person – and on and on until the police gets there and shoots everyone left standing with a gun.

      OH WAIT – I GET IT! You'll be the one wearing the t-shirt that says "I'M THE GOOD GUY!"

      Got it. Don't shoot anyone with a t-shirt that says "I'm the Good Guy!"

      Oh crap. Now the bad guys will know what t-shirt to wear...


      Now what?

      July 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another Tom

      You should not have guns, as you can't even control you caps lock key.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • W

      Yeah, totally. I mean all people who open carry are tested on a normal basis under rifle fire, in the dark, with smoke, trying to aim at a perp in black with body armor. Totally. Hey... John Wayne called... he want's his thought process back. I am a believe in open carry, I do think in most cases carrying a weapon will help save lives. This IS NOT ONE OF THOSE TIMES.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda Elaine

      Tom, you are an idiot. I can guarantee if you had been there, in the dark, movie blasting your ear drums, inhaling tear gas and if you had had the presence of mind to pull your gun , you either would have become an instant target or you would have shot other movie goers or you would have shot yourself fumbling with the gun.

      Just because you carry doesn't mean you are trained in how to deal with these type of adrenaline fueled situations. Highly trained people can't always get it right.

      So slow your roll and stop acting like a menace to society, which you are. Drop the T level a bit.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mslisac363

    parents stop giving your young kids killing video games. It's know fact before age of 14 I think it trains the brain to become violent.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • this guy


      " It's know fact before age of 14 I think "

      This just goes to prove you have NO IDEA what you're talking about.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • vbscript2

      mslisac363, There is no proof of video games making people violent. None. Yes, most young people involved in violent crimes have played violent video games. There's a reason for that: nearly all young people (especially males) have played violent video games. Saying that young people involved in violent crimes have usually played violent video games is about as meaningful as saying that young people involved in violent crimes have usually been involved in breathing and eating.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slicc

      Really I've played video games since 1983 of all types. I'm now 34 and have never thought about using a firearm on someone except in self defense. You are very mis guided mslisac363

      July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda Elaine

      fact check please..it isn't a known fact. just a theory with little to back it up except anecdotal stories.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricks mommy

      mslisac363, I grew up playing violent video games... yesterday my toddler accidently tore a leg off a grasshopper.. I was upset.. I hate to see anything even a bug hurt.... you're right... all those video games made me a violent and mentally disturbed human being...
      I do believe some video games are not appropriate for all ages, but really a game nor a gun are to blame here. A very disturbed young man is.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Please .. i've played video games my ENTIRE life . From the atari systems on to playstation and now computer games .Not once in my entire life have i had the thought proccess to go out and massacre a school or a theatre full of people . Get your head out of your hind end and shut up because it is clearly obvious you have no idea what you are talking about .

      July 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. majicmahon

    Review the tapes of Rush Limbaughs shows this week and you will see how this man, with his 600 radio stations, spewed on (for 4 days) how this movie was a Democratic conspiracy. Could that have reached the ears of people like this guy? YOU FRIGGIN BET!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      That fat windbag should be pulled off the air....

      July 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I would look for a "I love Rush Limbaugh" t shirt then...
      You're right, Boo.
      He does grave harm to susceptible people...

      July 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Cops sure sounded professional via their radio transmissions. Good to know that good guys were on top of a chaotic and horrible situation as soon as physically possible.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. majicmahon

    I see this country divided first and foremost by two political parties and all the media supporting each.
    They must do a better, responsible job. They are the catalyst1

    July 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobbie

    Authorities at the movie house should have reported IMMEDIATELY JUST BY WAY HE WAS DRESSED.

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

      Every report I've read stated that the shooter entered the theater through an emergency exit. For fire safety reasons, every theater contains an exit to the outside of the building (usually to the parking lots). The theater staff does not usually guard these exits, so who would have turned him away? Place the blame squarely where it belongs: with the shooter.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woogie

      Please. Ever been to a big movie premier? People show up in costume for highly anticipated movies all the time. I wouldn't doubt there were folks in costume at many theaters. They probably would have assumed he was dressed up for the show.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      I agree, rimorrow, but, as an aside, the fire exit should NOT have been accesible from the outside...only the inside.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • no

      You are a fool. He entered through the back doors. Nobody had a chance to critique his attire.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda Elaine

      Really Boob, I mean Bobby, it was a premier. People were dressed like some of the characters. Ever been to a Star Wars release or Rocky Horror Picture Show?

      Movie theaters don't have metal detectors and this guy came in an emergency exit or so the story goes.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thewriterinquestion

    CNN: This is not from 911. This is radio chatter off the scanners. 911 tapes will be from the people at the theater reporting to police what happened.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • marycontrary

      Good catch. I noticed that right away too.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. miriam

    We don't know if he was "crazy" or not. Some people are just plain evil. Just because a person has a psychiatric ailment doesn't mean they're going to go out and shoot people.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DLo

      "We don't know if he was "crazy" or not. Some people are just plain evil. Just because a person has a psychiatric ailment doesn't mean they're going to go out and shoot people."

      Thank you Miriam. The majority of people with a mental disorder are not "crazy" or mentaly deranged. There are different psychiatric disorders and the one that comes to mind in this type of mass shooting is Antisocial Personality Disorder is also known as psychopathy or sociopathy which include these symptoms 1)not learning from experience 2)no sense of responsibility 3)inability to form meaningful relationships 4)inability to control impulses 5)lack of moral sense 6)chronically antisocial behavior 7)no change in behavior after punishment 8)emotional immaturity 9)lack of guilt 10)self-centeredness. Most people with psyciatric mood disorders do not go on shoorting rampages, unfortunatly they are more likely to kill themselves. As a person with a mood disorder I would find it very offense to be called "crazy" because I am not, but this young man certainly was. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.

      July 21, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. fredfly

    majicmahon.......thank you. Limbaugh's accusations about this movie were the first thing that came to mind as a possible trigger. All that venom has consequences. And I anticipate it getting even worse in the current political climate. Many of the poor in the country have severe mental health issues. So let's cut those services even more so that the banks and their investors can make a profit.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    I heard a 3 year old girl was hit in the shooting. Come on, who takes a 3 year old to a violent movie anyway’s. Give your head a shake. My prayers go out to her.

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

      The three year old has nothing to do with this...why bring THAT up?

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

      how about the 3 month old? Probably the guy went postal because the kid was crying and the parents wouldn't do anything about it. Who hasn't felt this way when going to the movies.

      EIther way this really has nothing to do with the story and it doesn't matter who was there.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrea

    I just don't understand something, if it's not a gun control issue.. how does a mental or messed up in the head person was able to have access to this guns.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SC

      ...and how does a outfitted gas mask head shuffle into the cinema without being frisked? Seems ironic when the TSA spends $ms frisking anyone in a jacket, wheelchair or beard...

      July 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • this guy


      Please don't be naive. This guy could've gotten these gun illegally just as easily as he could legally.

      July 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola Bunch

      SC, he came in through the fire exit. Focus, man, focus.

      July 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynda Elaine

      who says the guy was mental or had some kind of history? perfectly sane people do this kind of crap all the time. Sanity is a legal term. People, like the governor for instance, need to stop making remarks about the guy being deranged. It just damages the court case.

      Legally you don't want him to be insane. He would get hospitalization for life on the tax payer dime and possibly get out when not judged to be a menace. He needs to be sane. i don't know if Colorado has the death penalty but he sure needs it.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. child of midian

    Gun control would not fix the problem. Just ask Canada and Great Britain, they have violent gun crimes every day.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. this guy


    You're point would prob come across better if it were translatable.

    July 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
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