One man is under arrest, accused of killing a dozen people and hurting dozens more in a movie theater shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado Friday morning.More >>
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -
Locally several families are keeping a close eye on the latest information from Aurora, Colorado, including the family of Sanger native Army Specialist David Pharris.
David survived the shooting, but just barely.
The Fresno relatives of 19-year-old Jasmine Kennedy are also watching the news reports closely.
Jasmine was shot and underwent emergency surgery.
David Pharris says, "We decided at the last minute before the movie started to go to the theater right next to it. The movie started and there was more seating, and then about 5 minutes after we left the alarms go off. As we started evacuating I saw individuals running out bleeding from the arms. I saw a guy shot in the neck, friends carrying out friends who couldn't walk. Yeah, I consider myself lucky. All I could think about is how could I help make the situation better. How can I help those who need it."
Pharris says one of his co-workers, a Navy man was shot.
Pharris says, "My friend grabbed him and tried to pull him out of the theater. He was covered in blood, I don't know the situation of my friend right now, my prayers go out to him."
Pharris says he soon discovered the shooter went back behind the theater to his car.
Pharris says, "He had a gas mask, ballistic vest, fully dressed in black, was caring an assault rifle, a shot gun, and a Glock."
Pharris says all he could do was help others, so he did that to best of his ability.
Meanwhile, Fresno resident Kevin Deisher got the news his cousin, 19-year-old Jasmine Kennedy was also inside theater number 9 and was shot in the leg.
Kevin Deisher says, "It shattered the tibia, and they had to put a steel rod in and not sure how long she will be in the hospital, but her parents say she is in really good spirits but just praying for her and her recovery."
Kevin says his 19-year-old cousin was with a group of friends. All were hit by gunfire, and one remains in critical condition.
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