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. Michael

    USER234 Really? You do realize that not every white person in Texas is a racist or other white people in oter states. You are a pathetic racist just like AL and Jessie. Black people supporting racism. My heart goes out to the victims of this sensless crime.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carl W. Goss

    Against the law to carry a concealed weapon in Colorado in most cases. This guy probably had no permit. Carried 'em anyway. Killed a bunch of people wounded more. I believe in gun control, but I just don't know what you do with crazy people.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustEric

      You just openly admitted that gun control doesn't work, and then you say you support it? You moonbats are crazier than I thought.

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

      I got an idea – how about not having these types of guns for sale? so when a crazy dude goes to the store after his voices told him to, the best he can get is a pellet gun....

      I mean, c'mon – use your brain.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn Waters

      Colorado has a Concealed Weapons Law. You CAN get permits, most likely this guy did not have one though.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shawn

    Aek he was a terrorist. Domestic. We as America just do not want to put the word on the fact. Most of the people in that theater were in pure terror and thought they were going to die. If that is not the definition of terrorism I do not know what is.

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

      For the record "terrorism" is usually reserved (except in cases of state propaganda) for those who use terror to try and affect some other goal. Often it's to advance a political agenda or affect international attention. It's not just doing something scary, brutal, and horrific. If we learn he's attempting to overthrow the government of the state of Colorado then he would be a terrorist.

      July 21, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. BradKT

    For those who say that the wider availability of guns that private parties could carry around on their persons would have prevented or limited the death toll, I ask do you really want more guns in the hands of kids? For every incident where a kid with a handgun might have saved the day, there probably would be 20 more where a kid would have acted irresponsibly with a gun. As far as letting adults in general carry firearms, I just think that, on balance, you would have more people acting irresponsibly with firearms that you would have acting responsibly and saving the day.

    I believe that armed security guards at this theatre could have been just as effective in either preventing or limiting the death toll...and maybe even more so. At least they would have been trained and many people who carry a gun around are not.

    I agree with those who say that the problem isn't guns per se. The problem is the people who carry them.

    After all these years and when all is said and done, I think that the sherrifs of the Old West got it right...

    ...give up your guns when you come into town and you can have them back when you leave.

    The problem is the people...not the guns. That's why when you have too many people in such close proximity with each other, the last thing you need is more and more of them with a gun within reach.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. xfiler93

    if someone had a conceal and carry, this might have had a different outcome.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      What would some "hero" with a "conceal and carry" – the movie theater was dark and full of smoke – do you really think it would have made a difference??

      July 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chitwt

      Most people thought it was a stunt initially....part of the theatrics of the movie. I doubt conceal and carry would have prevented it, and I doubt, in the fog of the situation with smoke/gas in the air, that someone with a concealed gun in THAT situation is going to reach for their gun, as opposed to getting out of there.

      It's the movie theater, not a battlefield. (point: there isn't a one of us who has ever thought "hmmm, maybe I should be packin' heat since I'm going to be at the movie theater).

      Finally -yes we have 2nd amendment rights in this country – but I'm very skeptical that our founding fathers envisioned a society where everyone was strapped with a gun.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      That's a lame argument. I've never seen any of these mass shootings that are stopped and lives saved by private citizens carrying. Law enforcement yes but not average people. Fact is, it's too easy for anyone to get guns, vests and tear gas. If people had to wait several months and go through some mental evaluations and extensive background checks we'd see less of these type shootings. It's way too easy for nut jobs and angry people to get this stuff.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • damo12345

      Yes. They'd be dead. He was heavily armored, had an AK-47, and had the element or surprise. If someone had a concealed carry, and tried to use it on him, he'd have killed them.

      Why is this garbage for sale? Why does ANYONE need these things? You want to go hunting with a rifle, fine, but the stuff he was able to get his hands on? This is just crazy.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manny

      Yes, someone with a gun would have changed the outcome. It would likely have been worse. Do you really want some half-trained yokel firing a gun in the dark? The guy who had a gun at the Giffords shooting damn near shot one of the guys who stopped the shooter. There's a reason why police and military go through weeks of intense firearms training, including close quarters combat shooting. And even they sometimes shoot the wrong people. Some guy who spent a Saturday in a classroom getting his conceal-carry permit will cause more destruction, and will likely get shot himself in the process.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GreyLady

    He invoked TERROR – that makes him a terrorist in my book.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      The bad thing is that most people relate "terrorist" as being Al-Q or an extremist from the Mid-East. You are right, a terrorist is anyone that invokes terror to get a desired reaction or response. We do not know yet what his "desired response" is or if there was one beyond him justifying it to himself. This type of person is more or less a sociopath and may never be clear to us why he did what he did.
      But, nevertheless, there is no problem calling him a terrorist. Look at the response this has already gotten.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sk

      I don't think he is a terrorist- he is Caucasian.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz48

      since when did the definition of a terrorist exclude a particular race???

      July 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • freb

      "since when did the definition of a terrorist exclude a particular race???"

      Ever since you couldn't realize you are getting intentionally trolled on the internet.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      SK- What does race have to do with terrorism?

      July 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      U sure?

      July 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • GA

      Your ridiculous.

      July 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donell Wilson

      By your definition.. that stement would be correct. Lets face it, in America you can committ the same crime, but get different sentences based on race- thats just the truth. Now, this kid will be deemed crazy, and because he is white.. he'll be put away in a semi-resort looney bend where he'll get to eat jello-pudding 3 times a day. Then after 15yrs or so of country-living, some half *ss doctor will say, "Hes ready to be returned to society", and be let go.

      July 22, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • YM

      Of course... He couldn't never be a terrorist... They're only from place far east... Well played sir , well played

      For those who don't get it, its called sarcasm

      July 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • lostisland

      What a wonderfully racist remark. Thanks for sharing.

      August 16, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob


      Good thing nobody else uses your book. Your book is stupid. Look up "terrorism" in a dictionary. Facts matter.

      July 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadMunchkin

      GreyLady's definition is as good as any, especially when def #2 is used:

      ter·ror·ist    [ter-er-ist] noun
      1.a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
      2.a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
      3.(formerly) a member of a political group in Russia aiming at the demoralization of the government by terror.
      4.an agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.

      August 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • micfinger

      It seems to me that in order to be a terrorist, a person needs to be striving to advance an agenda through acts of terror. If this shooter had an agenda (other than killing people), then certainly he becomes a terrorist. If not, he's perhaps better thought of as a mass murderer. If we're to be consistent, though, maybe it is appropriate to use the "terrorist" label as we've used it to describe other individuals (such as the Beltway Sniper) who were also probably better thought of as something other than terrorists.

      July 21, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. zookz

    The problem and cause isn't guns, violent video games, violent movies.
    The problem is : MALES.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bane

      do u know how stupid you sound?

      July 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • angrybabykitty

      Please say you are joking. This guy is the reason it happened and he was a deranged nut bag. Definitely not because he was a male. That's pretty lame.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LifeNRAMember

      @zookz-dumbest arguement yet.....and that's saying something considering a few who have posted here today

      July 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Feminist

      Yes!!!! We need to get rid of all the males. The world will be a much better place if there were no neanderthal men around causing such senseless violence!!! God bless all the girls and women injured in this terrible tragedy.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You do have a point actually. I can't think of one instant where a woman went postal and killed a bunch of people in our modern society. Hate to say it but yeah, we are a mainly angry, non loving gender.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Gun control will never stop a crazy person from killing.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ama

    This has nothing to do with the Batman movie..this is about a deeply disturbed and I mean DEEPLY disturbed person that was a coward and could only pull this off with a trapped and captured group of innocent people. Now we have a terrorist amongst us. Someone had to know his state of mind..you can't hide this evilness!!!!!

    July 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alonzo Singletary

    My heart breaks. If someone had been allowed to conceal carry in theatres there would have been a great chance that the shootings would not have lasted that long and lives saved. We've seen that with the 71-year old Williamson saving those 30 patrons at the internet cafe and prevented a more harm and crime. Let people carry so we can protect ourselves from the crazy and criminals and law enforcement cannot be there. My prayers and healing to those affected.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NRA

    If the people in the movie were able to have concealed wepons and shot back he wouldn't have been able to do all the damage that he did.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      I'm for people having the right to own a gun but the point is not that people would be able to shoot back. the point is that the bad guy would be unlikely to go in there shooting in the first place. Thats' why gunmen attacking police stations in the U.S. are relatively rare.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      They are allowed to so um no, they didn't stop it.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    The problem isn't guns, it's wackjobs. A few years a go a man in Idaho killed six members of his family, including his pregnant wife. Want to know why the liberals of the country didn't cry out? He did it with an Ax. Maybe we need Ax control in this country too? (Sarcasm if ya couldn't guess.)

    July 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      FYI, I meant sarcasm to the last sentence nothing else.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4Ayes

      Good. Next time a guy wants to go to a theater to hurt people, let him carry an ax to do his dirty work. See how the outcome is different. Think before you comment.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yeah because that's much more common than people killing 12 or more with guns. Also, they don't usually do that to people in public places with an axe. Go back to your gun and bible and enjoy hell, pal.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ama

    I hope that message was not directed at me..this is a very tragic and sad situation. Where are his parents and why have we not heard from them?

    July 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • terry

      isn't it because he was away at school? I thought the emergency exits in theaters were locked from the outside.

      July 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan Mckeown

    I've heard a lot of scenarios heres the real one. A bunch of people who don' have a clue sitting around typing about how if we all had loaded guns in our pockets the world would be a better place. If you believe that, go to somalia where everyone has a gun. I'll move to Germany or another place that want's to be civilized. By the way, I noticed alot of these gun supporters have mexican names. How's your country doing these days? Exactly

    July 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LifeNRAMember

      Wow Dan McKeowen! That didn't sound racist AT ALL!!! (and no I'm NOT a mexican)

      July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. loser

    I've heard many reports describe it as a "Lone wolf scenario."
    Instead, call it what it is – "Cowardly deranged gunman scenario."

    July 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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