On July 20, 2012, at a midnight showing of the Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, at a Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado, a lone gunman shot and killed 12 people and wounded 70.
On August 24, 2015, alleged sole shooter James Holmes was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Among the 70 who were wounded that night is Marcus Weaver, who sat in the 5th row of the Century theater with his friend . Weaver recounted what happened to 89.3 KPCC:
“Ten minutes into the movie, a smoke bomb went off … we were just perplexed. We thought it was just someone who lit off a smoke bomb … Once the gunman started opening fire on the crowd, it became really apparent it was not a Rocky Horror film show, or any of those pranks they do in theaters. It was a real event, and so something told me to get down on the ground.”
Weaver pulled Rebecca down with him. A few minutes later, he realized she was hit during the first wave of gunfire. When Holmes’ gun jammed, many moviegoers tried to flee. Weaver picked up his friend and started toward the exit. That’s when Holmes shot him in the arm.
“And so I tumbled over and she fell into the seat, and that was the last time I saw my friend Rebecca.”
Weaver didn’t notice he was hit until he made it out of the theater.
“A little girl came up to me and [said], ‘your arm is bleeding.’ And so I looked at my arm, and sure enough, I had two holes in my arm, and blood was just perfusing out of it.”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, despite having been shot in his right shoulder and upper arm, and with his lower arm in a cast, Weaver manages to lift the arm up, waving it around.
Note also the bullet holes in his right upper arm. Do they look like bullet holes to you?
In asking questions, I mean no disrespect to Marcus Weaver.
Let’s hear from readers who are either medical professionals or have sustained injuries similar to Weaver’s.