Aurora theater shooting hearing, day two: Youngest victim's story, death of a military man
Original post, January 8, 11:47 a.m.: Today's session began with two 911 recordings from inside the theater that captured the attack's chaos and terror.
According to Aurora police detective Randy Hansen, a screening of The Dark Knight Rises was scheduled to begin in auditorium nine of the Aurora Century 16 at 12:05 a.m. on July 20. After previews and a commercial, the actual move started at 12:20 a.m. The first 911 call came in shortly thereafter, at 12:38 a.m. It was 27 seconds long and was placed by Keven Quinonez, who survived the massacre. The recording is dominated by booming noises; the detective counted at least thirty of them. Amid the noise, Quinonez says something about gunshots, after which the dispatcher asks for the address and then, after a pause, says, "I'm sorry, I can't hear you."
The second 911 call was made by Kaylan Bailey, thirteen, a cousin of Ashley Moser, who was paralyzed in the attack, and six-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Ashley's daughter, who was killed; it lasts about four minutes. In it, Bailey tells the dispatcher that her two cousins have been shot and one of them isn't breathing. The dispatcher tells her, "We need to start CPR," but Bailey keeps saying, "I can't hear you." A short time later, the police arrive and Bailey ends the call.
The next person to testify was FBI agent Garrett Gumbinner, a bomb technician who searched suspect James Holmes's car and apartment for bombs. No explosive devices were found in the vehicle, he said, but officers located a number of weapons, including two handguns (one on top of the car, the other in a pocket of the passenger door), plus rifle cases, backpacks, bags, an iPhone and what were described as vehicular deterrent spikes.
The apartment was a much different story. Later on July 20, Gumbinner spoke with Holmes, who "said he had rigged his apartment to explode or catch fire to send resources to his apartment rather than to the theater."
The scene from the apartment complex on July 20. Holmes lived in the top left corner apartment.
Continue for more from day two of the preliminary hearing about the Aurora theater shooting.