Area hospitals flooded with theater victims

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Victims wounded in the shooting flooded area hospitals early Friday morning, many brought to the hospital in police cars as well as ambulances.

Dr. Comilla Sasson, a physician at the University of Colorado Hospital emergency department, said patients started arriving around 1:15 a.m.

In all, 22 people hurt at the shooting were taken to UCH, some in ambulances, others rushed there in police cars and private vehicles, Sasson said.

The injured ranged in gae from three-months old to 45-years-old, she said. The three month old was treated and released, but Sasson said she couldn’t comment on the infant’s injuries.

Most of the wounded had gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries, she said.

As of about 7:30 a.m., Sasson said one patient was still in surgery and 9 others were in critical condition.

Sasson said doctors expects some of the injured have waited to seek care and more wounded could come to UCH throughout the day.

At Medical Center of Aurora, which is just two miles from the theater, 15 patients were treated, according to the hospital. Of those, 12 had gunshot wounds and three were treated for chemical exposure. Four patients were in surgery as of 8 a.m. and two patients were being prepared for surgery. At 1:30 p.m., hospital officials said they received three additional victims, but th condition of those three was not immediately available.

Officials from Children’s Hospital Colorado said six victims were taken to that hospital and one died. An official from the hospital wouldn’t confirm the age of that victim, but said that patients there ranged in age from 18 to 31 years old. Those five patients’ conditions ranged from critical to good.

At Swedish Medical Center in Aurora, three gunshot victims were treated. A hospital spokeswoman told KMGH an 18-year-old man was treated and released, a 29-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman are in surgery, the spokeswoman said. The hospital was prepared for as many as two dozen patients from the shooting, but just three have arrived.

The hospital said the victims range in age from 17 to 31.