Colorado police to meet with victims’ families
ASSOCIATED PRESS July 20, 2012 3:34PM
Updated: July 20, 2012 9:41PM
Police in Colorado say they will start meeting with the families of shooting victims to tell them the fate of their loved ones.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Coates says the last of the 10 deceased victims from the midnight showing of a Batman movie were removed from the theater Friday afternoon.
Coates says officers expect to get a confirmed list of the deceased and meet with their families Friday night.
In addition to the 10 people who died at the theater, two others later died from their injuries.
Coates says there are 70 victims but not all were shot. Eleven are in critical condition.
Among the injured are two Air Force airmen and a Navy sailor, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. One sailor who was at the theater early Friday morning cannot be located.
A Wisconsin native, Carey Rottman, 27, and his friend recovering after the shooting.
Rottman posted on his Facebook page from a hospital emergency room that he was “Shot in the leg at Batman.” The Mequon native asked, “Where is he when you need him. Please pray for everyone here.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Rottman’s friend was shot twice, but was recovering.
A 15-year-old Plymouth girl was in an adjacent theater when the gunman began shooting.
Katie Trakel was not hurt but tells The Sheboygan Press a stray bullet went through the wall and hit one of her friends in the arm.
Petra Anderson, who graduated from the University of the Pacific in May, was shot four times with pellets during the movie. One pellet entered her nose and traveled through her brain.
A Colorado native, Anderson graduated with a major in music composition. In 2010, she composed and directed a musical tribute to veterans at the university concert hall. The 22 year-old was headed to the University of Maryland to pursue a graduate degree.
Her boyfriend, Austin Hogan, said that while Anderson was responding to doctors, she had trouble recalling basic information about herself.