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this mother and her children, saved by this man, will be reunited live this morning. we're covering all the angles with david muir and chris cuomo live on the scene in colorado. from abc news, this is a special edition of "good morning america," tragedy in colorado, the movie theater massacre. now, live from new york, weekend anchors bianna golodryga and dan harris. and from aurora, colorado, david muir and chris cuomo. and good morning, everybody. we're going to get straight to david and chris in colorado in a moment. first, we want to run down the latest developments. we now have a total of 70 casualties. 12 people killed. 58 injured. hoping the death count doesn't rise. but we need to point out, 11 of the injured are in critical condition. fighting for their lives as we speak. overnight, police started identifying the dead. they started to notify the family.
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many of whom went through a truly agonizing wait. we saw images like this one. this woman was overheard saying of her loved one, quote, they cannot find him. >> so much heartache. the town of aurora coming together last night in a vigil. for the families hurting so much this morning. new details about the suspect. was he on prescription drugs at the time of the shooting? and we have much more on the elaborate trip wires keeping authorities out of his apartment this morning. we have complete coverage from our team of correspondents. david muir leads us off. good morning, david. >> reporter: bianna, dan, good morning from aurora. a profound sadness settles in. police in some cases going door to door notifying the families of the dead. families, of course, that have been holding out hope. you mentioned, a small vigil overnight held. a larger one will be held later in the weekend.
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the suspect's apartment. jars of unknown liquid, trip wires, booby traps found at the suspect's apartment. unlike anything authorities have ever seen. overnight, police making the strategic decision to postpone attempts to get inside james holmes' apartment. because of what is believed to be an elaborate setup inside. layered with traps. investigators here are now asking for additional help from the federal government. while continuing the evacuation order for the four other apartment buildings nearby. >> i see an awful lot of wires. trip wires. jars full of ammunition. jars full of liquid. things that look like mortar rounds. we have a lot of challenges to get in there safely. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: as night fell, on this small denver area community, families came together in prayer and remembran remembrance. >> it's just devastating and really hard to deal with. >> right now, find four people, give them the best hugs you have! >> we are seeing this community rise up and do the things that great communities do. >> reporter: this morning, many
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more questions than answers about what the possible motive could have been of suspect james holmes. police say holmes died his hair a fiery color and said, i am the joker. reminiscent of heath ledger's famous portrayal. >> he's been shot. >> i've got a child victim. i need rescue at the back door of theater nine now. >> he didn't move at all. he was just shooting in the same motion. >> reporter: steven barton was in the midst of a cross-country bike trip when he made the fateful decision to stop in aurora to catch the "batman" premier. the suspect began shooting into the air, then into the crowd, where barton was shot in the neck and in the chest. >> it was cold and calculated. it seemed very methodical. he didn't move position. he was just unloading into the crowd. >> reporter: so many extraordinary survival stories. federal help will arrive today at the scene of the apartment. as you can see, the theater over my shoulder here. we've been told that
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security's been stepped up at movie theaters all over aurora and across the nation. the jitters significantly higher because of this tragedy. that unfolded here just within the last 48 hours. >> david, thank you. we'll come back to you many times in the course of the broadcast. we're learning more about the suspect this morning. like many shooters, james holmes has been described as a loner. he's apparently brilliant. studying for a ph.d. in neuroscience. we also know, as david mentioned, he drew inspiration from one of the most diabolical movie characters in memory, the joker. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here this morning. brian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, dan. authorities will try to figure out what to do today with the booby trapp eped apartment of js holmes. we're also learning that it could have been worse. in fact, his gun jammed at the last minute.
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he left the gun behind with bullets still in there. bullets that could have killed more people. police say holmes started to assemble his arsenal in may in local gun shops and online. everything bought legally. >> he purchased four guns in the last 60 days at local metro gun shops. and through the internet, he purchased over 6,000 rounds of ammunition. >> reporter: holmes had no criminal record in colorado other than a speeding ticket. police say he began to quitely plan the attack around the same time the phi beta kappa student withdrew from a ph.d. program at the university of colorado. by friday night, he transformed himself into a killer. >> he's a guy that has so left reality, he's now in a make believe world that he's part of the batman world. >> reporter: holmes grew up here in a prosperous san diego community. this was holmes six years ago. a clean-cut, 5'11" student. in san diego, where he was perceived as a loner. >> he really showed no emotion. kind of standoffish. really didn't talk to many people. >> he was just quiet.
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he was just quiet. >> reporter: holmes' parents were devastated by the action of their son. as his father left home for denver, the family expressed regret to the families of those who died and were injured because of james holmes. >> back now with brian ross. i know he's not saying much to the police. what has he said? >> he's said a few things, the famous, now, i am the joker statement. he also told police to go to the apartment, which was booby trapped. he told them he was calm throughout the shooting because two hours before the attack, he took 100 million -- 100 milligrams of the powerful painkiller vicodin. >> yes, that will make you calm, perhaps. he's said nothing about the big question, which is motive, correct? >> completely unclear. he asked for a lawyer. has not talked since, according to the authorities. >> our chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, thank you. let's go to washington, d.c. and our senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas. pierre, how dangerous is the
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situation right now at the apartment? >> reporter: good morning, dan. today, it's a very dangerous situation. police continue to deal with a bomb factory that was rigged to massacre authorities. sources tell me there are wires and improvised explosives everywhere. it's so dangerous, they've yet to set foot in the suspect's apartment. >> is there a sense of when they're going to go in and how long it will take to clean up this mess? >> we're being told by sources and the police chief suggested it might be days. several days. it's so dangerous again. they've taken snapshots through the window. we're also told they've used remote-controlled cameras to try to look through the room. they're so afraid to set foot in there. the trip wires could detonate the explosives. >> the shooting is over. this man continues to terrorize. pierre thomas, thank you. bianna, over to you. all right, dan.
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just moments ago, i spoke with jarell brooks and patricia legarreta. when he realized she was injured, he helped with her two young children. thank you for joining us. we appreciate you coming on this morning. i understand this is the first time you have seen each other since the terror unfolded. patricia, you said after you were shot, you couldn't remember what happened. but you heard a man's voice. you believe that was jarell. you believe he saved your life and the life of your daughter. so what do you have to say to him this morning? >> thank you. i mean, i just can't even -- i don't know where i would be. i don't remember exactly everything that happened. but i thank him. i mean, having him there next to me, knowing that there was somebody there is just -- it -- it's comforting knowing that somebody was willing to help. >> i'm sure it is. do you remember what he was telling you?
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>> no, i remember hearing him scream and saying, oh, god, when he got hit. and i remember him, like, continuing to talk, what was being said, i mean, i just -- i can't remember all of it. it was just -- everything around was just happening so fast. you just, you can only take in so much. >> let's ask you the question, what were you saying to her, jarell? how do you recall all of this happening and unfolding when you saw patricia and her daughter? >> my first thought was seeing them two on the floor. and i noticed that she had her son in her arm. and her youngest daughter held to her left arm. i was trying to guide her out. i was like, we have to go. she looked at me, she said, i'm here with my two kids. my first reaction was to guide them towards the door. i started to slowly push them up. as i was pushing them, i got hit
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on my thigh. i think that's what she got in her right leg. >> did you know initially you had been shot? >> initially no. it felt just like a sharp pain. i tried to move my left leg. i went down, i looked at my hand, i noticed it was bleeding. it got pretty real in that moment. >> what was the environment like around you? sheer chaos? everyone trying to dash out the doors for the exits? >> yes. >> patricia, your 4-year-old daughter fell. you shielded her. tell us about that frightening moment. >> you just -- all i could think of was just blocking her, shielding her, making sure she didn't get hurt and trying to keep her down. she was just so disoriented. i remember her looking around because she was asleep, just looking, thinking, like, what's going on? and just trying keep calm.
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so that she didn't start freaking out even more. it was just so -- scary and -- her face just -- >> i can understand. an innocent night when you take your children to the theater and sheer terror unfolds around you. jarell, where were you seated relative to the shooter? >> i was about six rows away from the back exit. when i first saw the shooter, he was closer to the screen in the corner. the only reason i saw him was because of the flashes from the gunshots. that's how i knew where he was at, where he was shooting from. >> did you think you were gonna lose your life that night? >> i'm sorry. can you repeat the question? >> did you think you were gonna lose your life that night? >> my life definitely flashed before my eyes at that moment. it was -- it's hard to say because when i first was hit,
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that's when it got very real for me. at that initial moment, i was thinking, i could sit here and see what happens or make a bold move and try to go. and thankfully, i made it out okay and patricia and her kids did. >> and rightly so, you are being heralded a hero. how does that word make you feel? >> i feel like i was doing what was the best intentions in this situation. i don't consider myself a hero. i feel like there was someone in distress. i'm not the kind of person who would let them be in that kind of situation and me trying to get myself out of the situation. knowing there's someone with her two kids, all she's trying to do is protect her kids. if i could get her out, maybe i would get out, maybe i wouldn't. as long as i knew she was okay,
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i was all right. >> you were at the wrong place at the right time, you told chris cuomo that last night. patricia, late last night, your boyfriend proposed to you. after all of this. he was in the theater with you and your two children. tell us about that proposal and how it feels now. >> it feels -- i mean -- i'm ecstatic, extremely excited. at the same time, you have this tragedy that you just -- you have sadness hanging over and i -- >> but you -- >> i hope there's so much more good news that comes out of this. >> we thank you both for joining us this morning. clearly still a mother in grief, dan? >> so great to see them sitting safely side by side. we need to remember that a lot of people didn't make it. let's go to chris cuomo in aurora this morning with the stories of those who died. chris, good morning.
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>> reporter: good morning, dan. how are you? for all the intrigue surrounding who did this, this story is about the lives he ruined. in this university hospital and others in the area, dozens are still struggling to recover or just survive. and they are the lucky ones. because as we know for sure, 12 lives were lost in a night that should have never happened. last night at a local high school, emotions ran high for family and friends still waiting and wondering. but for others, news of the worst has already come. jessica ghawi was a 24-year-old aspiring sportscaster. she sent a last tweet before the show started. movie starts in 20 minutes. we spoke to her brother, jordan. she was tweeting and online and active right up until these final moments. how was she living right up until the end? >> she was happy. she was excited about the movie. >> reporter: last night, jordan would write his own tweet. let us remember the names of the victims and not the name of the coward who committed this act.
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victims like 23-year-old college student micayla medek. whose sister, amanda, we saw earlier friday grieving outside a family assistance center. ohio native and target employee matt mcquinn, seen here in his high school yearbook photo, was confirmed dead. we're learning about some of the youngest victims. this father who told a local fox affiliate reporter that his 6-year-old daughter had died and his ex-wife had been shot but survived. >> i was called at 3:00 in the morning from a family member in new york to tell me that ashley had been shot and they didn't know where my child was. after being thrown in circles and circles and telling me, oh, yes, you'll be able to see her in just a moment, i find my child is dead. >> reporter: that frustration was echoed throughout the day. >> tell me where he is. okay, find my son. i don't know where he is. okay?
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somebody find him and call us. tell him to call us. his name is alex sullivan. please call so we can find him, all right? thanks. there he is. >> how old is he? >> he's -- today's his birthday, for god's sake! 27. >> reporter: we learned late last night that alex, too, was a victim. he was at the movie celebrating his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary on sunday. adding to the bitterness of the loss here, bianna, is that these kids, so many were so young. this was a batman movie. the unknown is the hardest part for these families. they are being notified now. we're going to hear about who was actually killed in that theater. this is just the beginning of a painful process for so, so many. bianna? >> so much innocence lost. chris, thank you. this massacre has put the safety of so called soft terror targets like movie theaters back in the spotlight. if you head to netheaters this
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weekend, you'll likely see a police presence. john schriffen has been talking to authorities. >> reporter: industry reports that this movie will do very well in box offices. playing in more than 4400 theaters just like this one around the country. the action of this movie, it's expected to send moviegoers to the edge of their seats. but after the shooting in colorado, many people we talked to are now left on edge. it's a scene playing out in major cities across the country. police departments in new york, chicago, and los angeles are among the many cities nationwide that are ramping up security at theaters in response to friday's shooting. >> doing it to address the potential of a copycat event. >> reporter: movie theaters are also taking action. amc theaters says, they're no longer allowing people to go in costume. and yet, even with the increased security, some anxious batman fans say fear lingers in the back of their minds.
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>> when we first arrived, i was like, hey, maybe we should sit closer to the exits. >> i'm afraid for these kids when they're older. i got a funny feeling that when they're young adults, they'll probably have to go through a metal detector to go to a movie or shopping center. >> reporter: there's been no significant dip in attendance reported around the country overall. the increase in police presence, use of barricades, and critical response vehicles, some people say they can breathe a sigh of relief. >> they have enhanced nypd security and. i've seen some trucks go by. >> reporter: at this theater in new york, screenings were sold out. >> i'm not the kind of person to let fear control me. >> that's true. i don't either. >> reporter: and in response to the shooting, warner brothers decided to cancel the movie's premier in paris and cut off interviews for christian bale, anne hathaway, morgan freeman, the stars of this movie, out of respect to the victims' families. dan and bianna? >> thank you, john. we want to check the other stories developing this morning. for that, we go to ron claiborne.
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hi, ron. >> good morning to you, bianna and dan. good morning, everyone. we begin with the search for the missing cousins in iowa. police have now reclassified that case as an abduction. a special fbi team found nothing after searching the bottom of a nearby lake for hours. 10-year-old lyric cook-morrissey and 8-year-old elizabeth collins disappeared a week ago while riding their bikes by that lake. thousands of people are fleeing syria. the violence in damascus escalates. syrians have entered lebanon. thousands of iraqis are returning home. the past few days have been the deadliest of the 17-month anti-government uprising. nearly 500 people have been killed. and an air force instructor has been convicted of raping a female trainee and assaulting several others. in the first major case in a scandal that has rocked the air force. staff sergeant luis walker could be sentenced to life in prison and dishonorable discharge. 11 others in the training system are under investigation for allegedly
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sexually abusing trainees. and penn state university's president is expected to decide by next week the fate of the statue of joe paterno outside the football stadium. there's been reports people are finally, the olympic torch has arrived in london. a week ahead of the beginning of the games. the royal marine bearing the torch rappelled down to the tower of london. after lighting it, british gold medalist kelly holmes took the torch on a tour of the landmark. looks pretty cool. back to you, bianna and dan. >> let's check the weather now. dangerous heat in parts of the country. let's get it over to ginger zee. hey, ginger, good morning. >> good morning. it's oven-like in oklahoma city. some of the hottest weather there since 2006.
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it's not just o.k. the heat is just beginning. the high pressure system going to settle in for the end of the weekend, start of the work week. we see 110-degree feels likes. finally a look at the actual air temperatures. i said it will feel like 110. lubbock, 100 today. denver, 100. 101 for omaha. i'll leave you with a look at the next three days. >> new orleans had record rainfall yesterday. much more of that coming today. ill be talking about flooding
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concerns in the southeast. and also waking up to the chilly 40s in parts of the northeast. >> 40s? >> thank you, ginger. coming up, the young woman who survived a mass shooting at a mall just one month ago. now a victim of the massacre in colorado. coming up after the break, we have the wrenching interview with jessica ghawi's mother. >> an incredible story. to survive that just a month ago. her mother came on television last night with diane sawyer. to tell us about her daughter. we'll learn more about the girl what her aspirations were. what she was tweeting just moments before the shooting broke out. our coverage continues on the shooting in aurora, colorado. stay tuned. we'll be right back. ure commitmt by what's getting done. the twenty billion dollars bp committed has helped fund economic and environmental recovery. long-term, bp's made a five hundred million dollar commitment to support scientists studying the environment.
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and she had a -- an epiphany at that moment that it could happen to any of us at any time. and instead of being afraid of that, she embraced life even more fully. >> a mother's overwhelming grief as she remembers her daughter, who escaped one mass shooting just a month ago, only for tragedy to find her in a movie theater in colorado. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. so heartbreaking to watch. >> it is. it's tough to watch. that mother showing a lot of strength under the worst possible circumstances. good morning, everybody. i'm dan harris. it's july 21st. we have a lot of new developments overnight. we're learning the names of the
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12 people who died in what is the worst mass shooting in american history. a total of 70 casualties. 12 people dead, 58 wounded. 11 of the wounded in critical care this morning. and coming up in another extraordinary story of escape, man who stopped to help others even as the man was bearing down on them. david muir will have that story coming up. let's go straight to david. good morning. >> reporter: dan, good morning to you. as you can see, the sun now coming up here in aurora. so much attention will be focused on the suspect's apartment. last night, authorities hoped to move in on that building. they're very concerned about what is inside the actual apartment. the jars of unknown liquid. the trip wires. the booby traps. they called it off. federal officials will arrive to help. a neighbor heard loud music, checked the door, it was unlocked, she didn't go in.
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she went back downstairs and called police. they told her, we can't answer the call. we're dealing with a bunch of shootings at the move i haie th. she can't imagine what would have happened if she opened the door. a community in mourning here. >> david, thank you. "20/20"'s chris cuomo is also in aurora this morning. with the heartbreaking situation of jessica ghawi. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. we've been talking about the 70 people injured here. the worst in american history. a very dubious number to lean on. as we learned about this tragedy, the first name that came out was a young woman who embodied what this is all about. full of life. so much promise. and a life taken too soon, almost twice. described as vivacious and full
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of life by family and friends, jessica ghawi dropped everything to move to denver to pursue a career in journalism. we spoke to her brother, jordan. >> it was a passion to her life. the obstacles she overcame. >> reporter: and jessica had been challenged. the 25-year-old aspiring sports caster from san antonio, texas, was at a toronto mall earlier this year when a gunman went on a rampage. her mother told diane sawyer about how jessica felt after the ordeal. >> she wrote afterwards, a final post on her personal blog, i can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. this empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away. >> yes, and she was -- very affected by watching the victims being brought out of that shooting. and realizing that several of them were very close to her own age and realized that life is very fragile. and she had a -- an epiphany at
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that moment that it could happen to any of us at any time. instead of being afraid of that, she embraced life even more fully. from that time on. and -- i'm sorry. >> there is no need to be sorry. i know that she read, i was shown how fragile life is. we don't know when our time on earth will end, when or where we will breathe our last breath. >> beautifully written. and -- we really thought we had literally dodged a bullet that day. and i was so grateful that she was all right. and that -- the chances of her experiencing anything like that ever again were impossible.
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or so i thought. >> and she texted you -- i believe her last text to you was, i'm so excited for your trip here next week? >> yes. >> and i need my -- >> and i need my mommy. >> reporter: on her way to the movie with her close friend, brent, jessica tweeted, i never thought i would have to coerce a guy into seeing "the dark knight rises" with me. minutes into the movie, shots rang out. soon after, jessica's mother received a phone call from brent. >> i said, is she okay? he said, i'm so sorry. and i just screamed, please tell me she's alive. and of course, he couldn't tell me that. >> reporter: jessica's life ended too soon and left her family struggling for answers. >> my life is forever changed and forever damaged. by one person's horrible violent
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choice. >> reporter: remembering a daughter they loved so dearly. >> we were blessed to have her every second. >> reporter: and that is the painful message that comes out of the loss of somebody like jessica ghawi. it's a reminder to everybody to love the people in their family, to enjoy their lives. one of the few messages we can pull out of a tragedy like this, dan and bianna. it helps us move forward together. the recognition that we have to appreciate life. you never know what will happen next. >> well put, chris. thank you. apparently, that young man, brent, who was in the theater with jessica acted quite valiantly. and he almost lost his life as well. chris cuomo, once again, thank you. for the other news of the morning, we turn to ron claiborne. good morning. >> good morning to you, dan and bianna. good morning, everyone. in the news, authorities in iowa searching for the missing cousins are now calling the case an abduction.
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an fbi dive team searched the lake near where the 10-year-old and 8-year-old girls disappeared and found no trace of them in the lake. mitt romney makes his first overseas trip as t presumptive nom nooe next week. he'll visit england and poland. they're calling it a learning trip. they say he'll not be criticizing president obama while abroad. and george bush is not going to the national convention in florida next month. he's enjoying his time off the political stage. it's time now for the weather. over to ginger gee. i mean ginger zee. >> ginger gee works. i want to show you what 3.23 inches of rain does. it floods it. another 2 to 4 inches of rain will fall in that region. i want to show you exactly what is happening here. high pressure off florida.
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it's pumping moisture in. trapping it on the stationary front. that's the moisture on the map. you go farther north, it starts to dry out north of new york and really pleasant weather. temperatures so much cooler than we have been seeing. philadelphia at 79 today. >> this weather report has been brought to you by k9 advantix ii. dan and bianna? >> thanks, ginger. coming up, we'll continue the coverage out of colorado. stories of bravery in the face of chaos. you'll hear how one man made his escape and then stopped to help others, even with the gunman bearing down on all of them.
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he heard gunshots. and while heading for an exit, stopped for a girl holding her best friend who had been shot in the face. then the 23-year-old saw the shooter coming back from the parking lot and heading straight for them. david muir spoke to eric hunter earlier about the chilling confrontation. >> reporter: bianna, dan, good morning again. i'm here with eric hunter. he has an incredible story. you were in the adjacent theater watching "batman" as well. when the gunfire broke out, it came through the walls. >> yeah, a bullet came through the wall. the first three shots. after that, another eight or nine shots. by that time, i'm walking down the stairs, i see blood on the stairs. i turn to the crowd and tell them there's something wrong, we need to get out of here. we need to call the cops. >> reporter: but for a split second, it was happening in the point of the movie where there was gunfire. you couldn't tell the difference between the movie and the real thing. >> definitely, when the first three shots rang out, we
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couldn't tell if it was the movie or not. we didn't know exactly what was going on. >> reporter: you opened a door to the theaters. you noticed two teenage girls. one was grazed by a bullet. >> when i opened up the emergency exit next to the screen, i seen two 16, 17-year-old girls. one was grazed, shot in the mouth. they were asking me for help. i pulled them in. as i closed the door, i saw the shooter come around the corner. i closed the door. i held it for about five seconds. >> reporter: so literally, you're pulling the two teenage girls in the door and you're holing the door closed at that point? >> right. >> reporter: does the gunman try to come into the theater? >> yeah, he bangs on the door. he bangs on the door. i held the door as much as i can but i didn't know if he was going to shoot the door. i tried to hold it. then i got out of the way. >> reporter: the police came in telling everybody to put their arms up in the air. you were able to get out and encourage everybody else to come out. >> definitely. >> reporter: you saw the injured
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and the wounded on the floor. as you were leaving the theater? >> a lot of people injured, bleeding. a lot of people hurt. >> reporter: you're one of the unsung heroes for helping those two girls and everybody else trying to get out of the theater. dan and bianna, back to you in new york. >> eric hunter, one of the many heroes of that night. and coming up on "good morning america," man going back to the movies. a show of defiance in the face of this tragedy. in the face of this tragedy. sometimes, we go for a ride in the park. maybe do a little sightseeing. or, get some fresh air. but this summer, we used our thank youpoints to just hang out with a few friends in london. [ male announcer ] the citi thankyou visa card. redeem the points you've earned to travel with no restrictions. rewarding you, every step of the way. smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪
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gesture. clayton sandell has his story. >> reporter: justin davis, a 16-year-old lifelong bat fan could not wait for the arrival of "the dark knight." >> i had a batman belt, and a batman hat. i was all batmanned out. >> reporter: friday's shooting cut his experience short. such a night of terror and death might make a lot of team think twice about stepping foot inside a dark theater ever again. are you afraid to go back? >> no, i'm not. >> reporter: not justin. less than 24 hours after lives were turned upside down, he went back to the movies with a sense of purpose. >> there you go. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: with his brother and a friend, justin went to a new theater last night to see the movie again. this time, not just for themselves. >> i just want to finish it. all those men, women, and children didn't get to finish it, i want to finish it for them. >> reporter: and in a plot twist you find hard to believe, he says his faith tells him the
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and we want to thank you for watching this special edition of "good morning america." we're always online at on yahoo!. >> we'll continue to cover the story aggressively throughout the day and throughout the
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weekend. david muir will be on the ground and leading our coverage tonight on "world news." so many questions outstanding. how will the cops get into the alleged shooter's apartment and when will he reveal his motive? we'll continue to cover these questions. as this day unfolds. thank you once again for watching us on this special edition of "good morning america." we'll see you right back here tomorrow morning. good morning, i'm terry mcsweeney. 90 minutes from right now. contra costa firefighters will remember two of their own
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battling a fire in san pablo five years ago today. matt burton and scott desmond will be insured hoornd at the training station on treat boulevard. they died while searching for two elderly residents in a burning home. the firefighters were overcome by a flashover. they are among 16 that have died since 1969. >> four new penguin chicks will join the annual march of the penguins. this is penguin island. they will join the successful colony and 45 others. four new chicks have been taught to fish and they will eat a pinned of fish every single day. >> nice day at the zoo. you can see it's clear from this shot but we do have fog hugging
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the shore liner. visibility is down to three-quarters of a mile but the fog not entering the city. in fact it is nice and mild in oakland. 60 there. 62 in mountain view. patchy stratus and further south more fog toward monterey. 54 there. full sunshine with a warming air mass relative, humidity drops. fire danger goes up today and we are talking numbers in the upper 90s in the tri-valley. 80 in oakland, 74 in san francisco with half moon bay once again in the upper 60s today. so if you like it warm today, today is your day. it will be the warmer day of the weekend. watsonville with 82 in santa cruz. 95 in gilroy. we'll talk about cooling tomorrow. >> t
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>>. >> terry: good morning, let's between begin with a quick look at the forecast. >> lisa: from emeryville temperatures is mild in the 60s. there is fog in the distance. in fact fog is hugging the shoreline so visibility has been reduced along the immediate coast around half moon bay, along the san mateo coast. look what happens in the next couple of hours. we are warming up quickly from the 60s bay side to the upper 70s inland. then by about


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