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$2.9M Grant Awarded For Theater Shooting Victims

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A gunman opened fire on people attending "The Dark Knight Rises" debut at the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall on July 20, 2012. (credit: CBS)

A gunman opened fire on people attending “The Dark Knight Rises” debut at the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall on July 20, 2012. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding a $2.9 million grant for support services for victims of the Aurora theater shootings.

The department’s Office for Victims of Crime announced the three-year grant Wednesday.

The Colorado Department of Public Safety will administer the grant. Funding will be provided to agencies including the Arapahoe County district attorney’s office, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Aurora Mental Health Center, Denver and Aurora police and the Jefferson and Arapahoe County sheriffs’ departments.

The Justice Department says more than 1,500 people were victims of the shooting, including those killed or wounded and their families, others who were in the theater complex, people who were evacuated after booby traps were found in the suspect’s apartment and emergency personnel who responded to the theater.

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