Traces of a man’s blood linger on Jennifer Seeger’s arm.
Seeger, 22, was in the second row of the Dark Knight screening at Century 21 Theater in Aurora when the gunman entered the room in what looked like a Kevlar vest and a gas mask, and opened fire.
“It was every few seconds, just boom, boom, boom, there was no resting in between, except for when he had to reload, and then all you heard was screaming and then running and then falling,” she said.
Drawing on her EMT training, Seeger tried to help a man who had gotten shot in the back and was lying lifeless on the theater floor.
People nearby screamed as she heard the gunman coming her way. “They said he’s coming back, he’s coming back, and I just ran,” she said.
Aurora residents who had witnessed the shooting remained in a state of shock Friday morning as they did interviews with the press outside the movie theater where a gunman killed 12 people and injured about 50 during a screening of the Dark Knight.
“I’ve cooled down a little bit but I’m quite a bit shaken up just by what I’ve seen,” said Jacob King, 21.
King was in the lobby of the movie theater around 1 a.m. with some friends when he heard gunshots, then saw a mass exodus of people rushing out of the screening room.
“Everybody was trying to find a hiding spot because we weren’t sure where the gunman was or what his motives were,” he said. “It’s going to take a while for this images to get taken out of my head.”
A Red Cross station was set up at Gateway High School Friday morning where volunteers offered food and beverages to those in a panic, seeking information about their loved ones’ whereabouts.
Aurora resident Rachel Frangas, glued to her cell phone with tears in her eyes, said she was looking for her best friend Amelia, who posted last night on Facebook that she was going to the midnight screening of the Dark Knight at Century 21 Theater in Aurora. Frangas said her friend wasn’t returning repeated calls.
“Who shoots people in a theater with families in it?” she screamed. “I almost took my 5-year-old to this. Who does something like that?”
She revved up the engine of her SUV and said she was going to the mall to find her friend.
“I have to do something, I can’t not know,” she said.
Moments later, Tom Sullivan drove hurriedly through the Gateway High School parking lot shortly afterwards, attracting a swarm of reporters.
He stepped out of the car, and held up a photograph of his son, who was at the movie screening last night.
“It was his birthday,” he said, begging reporters to call him if they had any information about his son.