Oh man this is wicked sad!


Feb 21, 2011
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Colorado shooting victim's wife has baby; 20 still hospitalized | Reuters

(Reuters) - A 21-year-old woman who escaped injury in the Aurora theater shooting rampage gave birth to a boy on Tuesday while her husband was in the same hospital in a medically induced coma with a gunshot wound to the head.

Katie Medley and her husband, Caleb, 23, both wearing Batman apparel, were at a showing of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in Aurora when a gunman in tactical body armor, helmet and gas mask and carrying three guns opened fire. Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded.

Twenty people remained hospitalized on Tuesday. Seven were in critical condition and two were in serious condition.

James Eagan Holmes, 24, was arrested behind the theater shortly after the massacre and was in court for the first time on Monday, appearing dazed and sleepy. At the hearing the judge set a date of next Monday for formal charges to be filed.

Caleb Medley, an aspiring comedian, was listed in critical condition Tuesday at University of Colorado Denver Hospital. A website set up to raise money for his care, Please give Caleb Medley your support, said he has lost his right eye, suffered brain damage and was in a medically induced coma.

Katie Medley gave birth in the same hospital where her husband was being treated.

A spokeswoman for the hospital relayed the following statement from the family: "The family is excited to say that Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 a.m. (Mountain Time, 0911 EDT) this morning. Both mom and baby are doing great."

Authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting spree early Friday. Holmes, a former neuroscience student who filed paperwork in June to drop out his graduate program, had left his 800-square-foot apartment booby-trapped with explosives that authorities said could have destroyed the entire complex.


Local and federal explosives experts conducted a controlled demolition during the weekend and a former FBI agent, in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, called the entire apartment essentially a "house bomb" rarely seen outside of war zones.

"This would be one of the first times I think we have ever seen what we can describe as a house bomb in the United States," retired FBI agent Ray Lopez told CNN.

"We've seen them in places like Iraq and Afghanistan," said Lopez, who was an explosives expert during his FBI career, which included a stint in Afghanistan. "But this is the first one that I can actually recall ever reading or seeing about in the United States where it was actually set to destroy the home."

A law enforcement official who was on the scene during the weekend said the assembly of explosives and trip wires was extensive. Inside the apartment authorities found 30 aerial shells filled with gunpowder, two containers brimming with liquid accelerants and numerous bullets left to explode in the resulting fire.

Lopez said the array in Holmes' apartment, which police believe was designed to kill first responders, required no special training to set up.

"If you're looking to wire explosives, it is on the Internet," he said. "With a little bit of common sense, and he has quite a bit of that, he's very intelligent, he just put it all together and had something ready for the apartment."

The building remains closed and police have not said when residents will be allowed to return.

Among those killed in the theater shooting were war veterans, an aspiring sportscaster who had narrowly escaped a shooting in a Toronto mall earlier this summer and a 6-year-old girl.

The girlfriend of 24-year-old Alex Teves said he died while saving her life from the gunman in the confusion of the dark movie theater.

"He protected me. My baby didn't hesitate. I was very confused, and he didn't hesitate," a tearful Amanda Lindgren, also 24, told Reuters.

Holmes is in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners. He had recently sought to leave a doctoral degree program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical School, a few blocks from his apartment.


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Nov 30, 2009
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Another day, another shooting.

Sad state of affairs.

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