More information from the Aurora massacre…
Of the 70 plus people that were reportedly injured in the shooting at the Aurora, Colorado theater, 15 patients have been admitted to a nearby hospital.
According to a statement from the Medical Center of Aurora, the facility is equipped and ready to administer treatment.
“The Medical Center of Aurora is a Level II trauma center well-equipped to immediately mobilize care and communications teams to respond to incidents of this nature,” the statement reads.
Of those 15 admitted patients, eight have been discharged. Five patients immediately underwent surgery and two patients are preparing for operation.
The medical facility is part of the HeathONE medical network and is prepared for incidents of this magnitude. RN Tracy Lauson, Director of EMS & Trauma Services, and Medical Director for Emergency Services, Dr. Frank Lansville, head the center and are confident in their capacity “to provide the fastest and best care for these patients.”
In addition, The Medical Center extended their sympathies to the families and friends involved in the shooting.
“Our hearts go out to the entire Aurora metro community, the statement continued. “The patients and their families are our top priority right now.”
Photos have surfaced from some of the survivors. Reddit user themurderator posted photos of his wounds and bloodied shirt on Instagram and Tumblr from the hospital.
Along with the gruesome photos was this caption:
“I am one of the 50 wounded in the aurora theatre shooting. Here are a few photos of my very lucky but nonetheless terrifying brush with death. My thoughts go out to those less fortunate than me.”
The family of the arrested suspect James Holmes issued a statement in response to this tragedy:
"Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time.
Our family is cooperating with authorities in both San Diego, California and Aurora, Colorado. We are still trying to process this information and we appreciate that people will respect our privacy."