Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Children wounded in the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting

A number of children were wounded when lone gunman, James Eagon Holmes, opened fire on a crowded Aurora, Colorado movie theater during the midnight premiere of "Batman Rises."  Many more escaped, but will retain the trauma of the event for the rest of their lives.

One child, 6-year old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, died in the shooting, which was covered in a separate blog post here at Kid Shootings.

Kaylan, age 13, who tried to save Veronica Moser-Sullivan
A 13-year old girl, named Kaylan, heroically tried to save Veronica's life.  She is also a volunteer in her community.

A number of other children were also hit by gunfire and wounded.

According to an article from the Denver Post today, five children other than Veronica were admitted to Children's Hospital in Aurora.  So far, three have been released.  Names and ages were not released in that article.  But other sources give more specifics.

HERE is video of a 3-month old who was wounded.

3-month old infant injured in Aurora, Colorado
According to other reports, such as this one, a girl around 14 years of age was seen wounded in the theater.

According to another report, another victim was a 6-year old boy:

"As people ran this gunman, or gunmen, opened fire hitting people," Joseph said. "Police sources have told us there are 10 bodies inside the cinema, most of them children or teenagers, and one baby." 
"A baby was shot at point blank range, the family were [sic] gathered around screaming," he clarified. 
The baby was reportedly taken to a local Children's Hospital, though ABC News revealed that the infant was released from the hospital and was not that seriously injured. Several other young children were also among the wounded, including a 6-year-old boy who was also taken to the hospital. 
Commentators on various social media sites, such as Twitter, have used the incident to raise the question of how wise it is to bring very young children to midnight movie screenings of violent movies. "The Dark Knight Rises" is Rated PG-13, which means that children under 13 years of age can still see the movie if they are accompanied by an adult.
We will post more in the future as more is revealed on the child victims of the Aurora shooting.

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