Denver hospitals treat dozens of wounded movie patrons

Ten people died at the Aurora theater and two died later at hospitals, officials said. Another 59 people were injured in the massacre.

CNN Wire

5:28 PM CDT, July 20, 2012


Hospitals across the Denver metropolitan area treated dozens of people, many of them critically wounded, in the aftermath of the mass shooting Friday at a suburban movie theater.

Ten people died at the Aurora theater and two died later at hospitals, officials said. Another 59 people were injured in the massacre.

Among the dead was an aspiring 24-year-old Colorado sports reporter, according to a statement from her brother.

"Jessica (Ghawi) has indeed died of injuries sustained in the shooting," Jordan Ghawi said on his blog, citing the coroner's office.

Families of the victims had not been notified by mid-afternoon Friday because there was still an active investigation at the crime scene, Aurora police said.

The wounded were being treated at five medical centers. CNN was unable to account for all 59 injured from lists provided by officials. Hospitals gave these accounts Friday afternoon:

-- University of Colorado Hospital had 23 patients, nine remaining in critical condition. Ten patients were treated and released, including a baby 3 or 4 months old.

-- Denver Health Medical Center had six patients, five in fair condition and one in critical condition.

-- Children's Hospital Colorado said it had six injured, ranging from critical to good condition. One patient had passed away.

-- Swedish Medical Center had three patients in fair condition. A 19-year-old man was treated and released.

-- Parker Adventist Hospital treated and released two patients.

U.S. troops were among the casualties in the shooting rampage at the Century 16 movie theaters, the Pentagon said Friday.

The Defense Department released a statement that said one sailor was injured and another one, known to have been at the theater, was unaccounted for. Two airmen were wounded in the incident, it said.

Witnesses described Friday's deadly shooting as harrowing and chaotic, while victims and their families tried to cope with the bloody aftermath.

In Friday's early morning hours, a police officer was seen carrying a young girl, described as bloodied and motionless.

"I honestly can't think of any kind of person who would intentionally hurt a little girl," Alex Milano told CNN affiliate KUSA. "I don't know whose little girl that was, but my heart goes out to them."

"I saw at least four maybe five people who were limping, wounded," said Milano. "The most that I saw was a girl that was pretty much covered in blood, and she didn't have any wounds on her. It made me think the worst."

"There was this one guy who was on all fours crawling. There was this girl spitting up blood," Donovan Tate recalled to CNN affiliate KCNC. "There were bullet holes in some people's backs, some people's arms."

-- CNN's David Ariosto, Joe Sutton, Audrey Irvine and Dave Alsup contributed to this report

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