Aurora theater shooting hearing: James Holmes's eyes lit up, said victim's dad


Update, January 7, 12:52 p.m.: Two more officers testified about the events at the Century 16 in ways that were emotional for them and those in attendance, including many victims and loved ones.

First to speak was Officer Justin Grizzle. He arrived at the theater shortly after the first call went out, in time to see officers Jason Oviatt and Aaron Blue take suspect James Holmes into custody. He subsequently spoke to Holmes.

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Ashley Moser.
"I asked if there was anyone else helping him," Grizzle recalled. "He just looked at me and smiled" -- an expression he further described as resembling a smirk.

In the meantime, victims were rushing out of the theater. "They were screaming, 'Help us! Help us!'" he said. Many were covered in blood.

At that point, Grizzle entered the main auditorium of the theater -- and as he did so, he said, "I almost fell down" due to the amount of blood on the floor.

The aroma of teargas hung in the air, and he said "there were several bodies throughout the theater, laying motionless." Other victims were still alive, so he decided to start making trips to the hospital, transporting the injured in his patrol car. His reasoning was simple: "I didn't want anyone else to die," he said.

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Veronica Moser-Sullivan.
In all, Grizzle made four trips to the hospital, carrying a total of six victims. Among them was Ashley Moser, mother of the shooting's youngest victim, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age six. Ashley Moser suffered a miscarriage as a result of her wounds and is now paralyzed.

Also on hand was a man who told Grizzle he was Moser's husband. During the trip to the hospital, the man kept asking about the whereabouts of his daughter -- and en route, he opened the vehicle's door and tried to jump out. Grizzle was forced to wrestle the man back into the patrol car while driving.

Continue for more coverage of today's Aurora theater shooting preliminary hearing.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Ms Asmar, I understand you are merely doing your job w/ the daily updates ( what I'd give to be in your shoes ), but I hope for your sake he pleads out and there isn't a trial . I've sat through a cpl lasting longer than three months & it wasn't easy to say the least . Prelim's are cake . EVERYTHING is fascinating ! Emotion is at %110 non-stop ! Should this actually go to trial, invest in '5-Hour/Energy' . You'll need it, trust me . The + for you is a guaranteed 'Best Seller' IF you write the book while continuing the pieces of the hearings for WW . You may burn out if not . It has the potential of surpassing a year . Ask Patricia for an extra press pass . I wouldn't miss a day for the opportunity to co-write the novel ...

With the EVIL Chambers leaving office, the time hasn't presented itself for a decision from the new Arapahoe D.A. . Suicide is ALWAYS a possibility as well . Meanwhile, hygiene updates are most unnecessary . We can all 'imagine' the guy's sweating . 'Sweating Bullets', for that matter ...

timothy_carrier
timothy_carrier

Sounding more and more like the conspiracy theories are just theories

Nicole Mills
Nicole Mills

BLOOD AND POPCORN... good name for a band!

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

DEAD...KILL IT! We need the news but not his demented mug!

Chris Hayen
Chris Hayen

@Matt I said nothing about the image. I just made a comment about the first poster who didn't bother to read the article and just felt the need to complain.

Matt Mega C
Matt Mega C

@JAck I know you like your boyfriends pic all over the place but he isn't really that cool.

Dave Cleland
Dave Cleland

quit showing me pictures of this guy all the time!

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

Agreed. This is getting as bad as The Enquirer posting the other evil bastard's photo.

Matt Mega C
Matt Mega C

Then show the people at court who are testifying, but not that pathetic pile of refuse. It does not deserve the celebrity status that the Westword has given him.

Chris Hayen
Chris Hayen

The article is about the testimonies today at the preliminary hearing.

Alma Meeker
Alma Meeker

Is it really necessary to report how much James Holmes was sweating in court today? Is that actually relevant to anything? I understand this is a media circus, but can you actually do your job and report the facts rather than sensationalizing every little detail? People died here. These are people's lives. Have some respect.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Thank you so much for the Holmes' hygiene update . WW readers WANT TO KNOW !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 James Holmes was dripping with sweat

Mass murder is hard work ... just ask G aWol Bu$h and Dick Cheney


mike_k
mike_k

@Hillary Leftwich which one, there have been any in recent years, for example klebold and harris from columbine

mike_k
mike_k

@Dennis Scalf if only that were legall

mike_k
mike_k

@Alma Meeker i agree in full, but this is the media after all

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You left out the OBomber. Oh, that's right, you've been in an alcoholic stupor since 2008, huh lush?

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