A couple who were in the Aurora, Colorado, theater when a gunman opened fire early Friday told CNN's Piers Morgan that their day ended on a happy note with a marriage proposal.
Patricia Legarreta said Jamie Rohrs popped the question at the hospital after the shooting.
"He said, 'I know this isnāt the time or the place, but will you marry me,' and I said, 'yes,'" Legarreta said.
The couple gained attention in the immediate aftermath of the shootings that left 12 dead and 58 injured because they went to the midnight show of "The Dark Knight Rises" with Legarreta's 4-year-old daughter and their 4-month-old son.
Morgan opened his interview with the couple, saying CNN viewers wanted to know why they would take such young children to a midnight movie.
āI take my kids to the movies all the time,ā Legarreta said. "My 4-year-old daughter loves Batman. We were excited."
It was to be a night out for the family that had just moved to the area from New Mexico, she said.
"We decided last-minute to go and get tickets and go as a family to the movies," Legarreta said.
What ensued was a nightmare.
Rohrs described how he lost 4-month-old Ethan in the darkness, gunfire and smoke in the theater and how he had to decide whether to search for the baby or escape the theater himself. He chose the latter.
"Just pray that he wonāt kill your 4-month-old," an emotional and shaken Rohrs said he thought as he fled the theater.
Once outside, he debated going back in to find the rest of his family, but then he thought they may be out and he could leave the children orphans if they did get out and he went back in and was killed.
"Just please let them get out alive. I donāt want to live if they all die," Rohrs said he thought to himself.
He later found out Legaretta was able to gather both kids as she escaped the theater, suffering a minor bullet wound in the process.
Legaretta said she feared the worst for Rohrs.
"Going through 10 minutes of thinking he was dead and Iād never see him again, you donāt want that feeling again," she said as to why she welcomed the marriage proposal.