CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – There was more dramatic testimony Wednesday morning from a survivor of the Aurora theater shooting.
Still severely injured Josh Nowlan told the jury how he not only survived, but tried to help others as best he could. He’s the father of two boys, although he went with friends to the theater the night of the rampage.
Nowlan has had a difficult recovery, undergoing five surgeries in just a short period of time. Those in court could hear a pin drop as Nowlan walked to the witness stand.
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More than two years after the shooting Nowlan still must walk with a cane, but he’s much better than when CBS4 first talked with him. He was with two friends at the premiere of the “Batman” movie when the shots rang out in the theater. Bullets struck him in his arm and calf.
“Terribly scared … my thought process was that (James Holmes) was searching for other people and that he was going to start going row-by-row, and he was going to — anybody who he would see in that row who was still moving — he would shoot,” Nowlan said on the stand.
Nowlan then stood up from the stand and held his can like a rifle for the jury to see.
“If my cane is the weapon, I can see him with the gun held up to his chest, and he was pointing down to the ground looking for other people,” he said.
Severely wounded, he wanted others helped first.
“I told him, ‘No, don’t take me first, get this guy out of here first, he is worse off than me,’ ” he said, and also said the emergency responders did as he asked.
The courtroom was silent during Nowlan’s testimony.
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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger on Wednesday spoke with Kaylan Bailey, who testified on Tuesday. She’s 16 years old now and was with the youngest of the victims, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, who was killed, and her pregnant mother, Ashley Moser, in the theater.
“It’s taken everything out of me. It’s taking me a long time to recover,” Bailey said. “I think of Veronica every day and me and Ashley still talk. I still love her very much.”
Bailey made a dramatic 911 call, which was played in court on Tuesday. She said she felt like crying after she finished testifying, but held back the tears.
Also taking the witness stand was Marcus Weaver, who was shot in the shoulder. His companion Rebecca Wingo was killed in the attack he described.
Some of the police officers who rushed to the scene and rescued people who could have otherwise died also testified on Wednesday.