Two Chatham Boys Escape Injury in Colorado Theater Shooting
Friday, July 20, 2012 • 6:22pm
Two boys from Chatham have reportedly escaped injury after being caught in the gunfire that erupted in a Colorado movie theater last night.
Local officials confirm that the boys, whose names have not been released are "fine physically," although a friend sitting next to them was shot in the arm.
The gunman, identified as James Holmes, is a 24-year-old graduate student at a nearby university. Police said Holmes set off smoke bombs before opening fire in the theater, which was about 20 minutes into a sold-out midnight premier of the new Batman movie. Twelve people were killed and 59 were injured during the shooting, which is being called the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. He reportedly unloaded four weapons' full of ammunition into the crowd. He was arrested when police found him outside the theater, near his vehicle.
No further details on the Chatham residents is currently available.