|Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6|
That's when a lone gunman, James Eagon Holmes, entered the theater armed with three weapons, including an assault rifle, and dressed in ballistic armor, opened fire on the crowded theater. 12 people died. Another 58 were wounded.
Among the dead was Veronica.
From an article:
The "vibrant, excitable," blond-haired, blue-eyed little girl, who was bragging five days ago about learning how to swim, was one of the 12 people killed in the Aurora theater shooting Friday, said her great-aunt Annie Dalton.
"She loved to dress up and read and was doing well at school. She was beautiful and innocent," Dalton said of Veronica, who attended Holly Ridge Elementary School in Denver. "It's a nightmare right now."
Veronica's mother, Ashley Moser, remains in critical condition from the shooting.
The 25-year-old was shot in the neck, and doctors have been unable to remove the bullet. She also suffered a gunshot wound in the abdomen.
Moser passes in and out of consciousness, asking about her daughter, Dalton said, and does not yet know that Veronica died.
Moser, who was recently accepted to medical school, might recover with some use of her hands.
"They expect her to have some paralysis but don't know how extensive it will be," Dalton said.
Other children were wounded in the shooting. These will be covered in a later posting.
UPDATE (7/23/12): Veronica's mother, Ashley Moser, was pregnant when shot in the belly. Luckily, the unborn child has survived.