AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A Connecticut man was among the 58 people who were hurt Friday in the mass shooting at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora.

Stephen Barton told reporters Friday evening he and a friend were riding across the country and decided to go see the new Batman movie during their pass through Colorado. They got to the theater early and had to wait a while before the movie finally got going after midnight.

“I’d say about 20 minutes into the movie, it was a kind of solemn moment in the movie, a kind of canister-type thing — I thought it was a firework at the time, I guess it was a gas canister — flew across the screen and landed in front of me and to the side. The people there started to get out of their seats and start moving.”

Barton says that’s when the suspect began firing.

“At the time I thought it was still fireworks, and then I got hit here (pointing to his collarbone area) and then I realized it was something much more serious,” he said.

People by that point were screaming, and there “was a lot of chaos.”

“So I ducked down with my friends who I was there with,” Barton said. “When it finally stopped I got up and there were a lot of people rushing to the back left exit and I just joined them.”

He said he found a police officer in the parking lot outside and that officer took him to the hospital in a police cruiser with another person who had a head injury.


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