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>> just a great kid. talented kid. very talented. a lot of gifts. made people laugh. always made people smile. gentle giant was the way we looked at him. >> the sweetest smile you've ever seen. and she got -- she got prettier as she grew older. in a blink of an eye, something happens, and -- completely changes everyone's life forever. >> she was a great kid.
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she was just finding herself. would never harm anybody. she didn't deserve to die this way. >> he was a wonderful young man. what a terrible, terrible loss this is for everyone who knew him. >> i'll never have her to hug again. i was blessed. only for 25 years, but i was blessed.
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>> and now the latest on the investigation and a search for a motive in the case. police here in aurora say that they've removed all hazards from james holmes' apartment, and some of the evacuated neighbors were actually allowed to return last night. but not before police carefully detonated some explosives. one neighbor said she nearly entered the apartment early friday morning when loud techno music started blaring. she tried yelling it holmes and noticed the door was unlocked but didn't open it. that may have saved kristin fonzie's life. she now knows the music was set to play while the suspected gunman was at the theater. police say had she entered the apartment she likely would have died. jim spellman is at the apartment
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complex where holmes lives this morning. you have new information on the investigation. i understand they questioned somebody else. >> reporter: that's right. overnight, multiple reports surfaced that there may be a potential second suspect in this case. aurora police wanted to knock that down pretty quick. they put out a statement saying, yes, they interviewed somebody they described as an associate of james holmes, the accused shooter in this case. but at this point, they have no reason to believe that this man was involved in the attack. so we'll see where that goes. obviously in their investigation they're going to interview many, many people. they're saying at this point the man they interviewed yesterday not involved. as you mentioned, all the hazards have been removed from the apartment. we expect the fbi evidence response team -- recovery team will be back today to continue working, processing the site, looking for any clues as to more details of what went on. we do know from police that over the last few months he received many large packages here, james
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holm did -- holmes did. that's beginning to give an understanding how he put together the materials he needed, not only the ammunition and guns for the attack at the movie theater but to rig his apartment, as well. >> jim, i understand today certainly is an important day and big day for people here. president obama is coming to visit with the families of the victims of the shooting. can you tell us more about the agenda? is he going to be at the hospital, where will he be? >> we're not exactly sure where he'll go. he's expected to land later this afternoon and speak with family members of people who were deceased. maybe people who were shot and survived, he'll also meet with local leaders. he won't go to the vigil tonight. a lot of local leaders will be spoking, prayers, things like that. a lot of people in the community are looking forward to that as an opportunity to all be together. that's this evening in aurora. >> and tomorrow, james holmes,
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we've opinion talking about there all weekend, will have his first court hearing. he hasn't been charged yet. what can we expect to happen tomorrow? >> reporter: sure. like a lot of first appearances in court, often sometime barely anything happens. they may charge him, they may not. a lot of the court documents are sealed at this point so we don't know. but it will be the press' and public's first chance to see this man. the alleged shooter in this case, after this. so we'll learn a lot more tomorrow morning down. with these court documents sealed and authorities being tight-lipped about a lot of the details, this will be the first chance to look into how it will proceed, what exactly he'll be charged with. that will be the first of many, many court appearances for james holmes. >> no doubt. jim spellman, thank you very much for that this morning. >> reporter: yeah. amid the chaos in that theater early friday morning, stories of courage and selflessness as the bullets began to fly. an iraq war veteran put his own life on the line to protect the lives of his friends.
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cnn's kyung lah has his story. my mind was completely clear of what's going on. guys, here's a gun. he's shooting at people. stay down. and -- it's the best chance we have. >> reporter: the second thought for josh noland -- protect his friends. the 31-year-old navy veteran deployed to iraq twice, threw himself on top of his friends. newlyweds brandon and denise axlerod. dozens of bullets flew through the air. one ripped through noland's calf and lodged in his arm breaking the bone. >> i see that big hole in my leg and big hole in my arm. that's what brandon was like, stay down. >> reporter: noland said he flattened himself on the theater floor with his friends beneath him, hearing the gunman walk and wait. he must survive for his two sons, he says, whose pictures he carries. 9-year-old eric and 7-year-old ryan. then the gun jammed. if that gun had not jammed, that you'd be here? >> i know i wouldn't be here.
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if that gun -- if that gun did not jam, i am fully certain that i probably would not be here. >> reporter: how are you feeling today? >> scared. you know, of course i'm glad it's over with, and yes, i am glad i am alive. and i get to see my kids. but i also think about the other people that didn't -- not as lucky as i was. i mean, there was kids, mothers, fathers that was there. and they're dead. i'm still alive. >> reporter: amid the horror of what happened inside theater number nine, we're hearing an extraordinary story repeated among the survivors. the number of people who threw themselves on top of friends and family members to shield them from the flying bullets. >> brandon and denise are two of best people that you would ever get to meet. >> reporter: is that why you jumped on top of them when those
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bullets started flying? >> i did. that was -- to see those two go -- they have every right to live and be happy. they just got married. >> it's no longer a friendship. it's not even family, it's like something deeper. >> because there's -- this is something that will never leave us. >> no. >> reporter: his friends won't leave his side now, helping noland through a second surgery and physical therapy. as soon as he can, noland has only one thing he says he must do for his emotional recovery. >> i want to go back to that theater. i want to go back into that auditorium. i want to look straight down that same seat and say, i beat you. you did not take this life. >> reporter: kyung lah, aurora,
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drew griffin reports. >> reporter: he'd been living not far from this movie theater for the past year because it was also close to the university of colorado medical school where holmes was a graduate student in neurosciences. according to the school, he was in the process of withdraw iings a student last month. the school won't tell us much his grades, classes he took, or anything else. we do know he gave a student lecture this past march on something called micro rna biomarkers, about an emerging study of nerves that relate to cancer research. the school says holmes worked in a paid position there, as well, but no details. before that, it was a middle upper-class upbringing in california. high school in san diego, undergraduate degree from the university university of california in riverside, 2010. school administrators said he had an outstanding academic record.
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>> he was an honors student. so academically he was at the top of the top. you know, he -- he really distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his four years with us. graduating with highest honors. >> reporter: so how is this honors student, this ph.d. candidate, this budding neuroscientist suddenly becoming completely a different person? dressed and, according to police, armed to kill? >> the suspect was dressed all in black. he was wearing a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector, and a groin protector, and a gas mask and black tactical gloves. >> reporter: was the person delusional? was there mental illness involved? as we try to piece this together, i want to share with you what new york city police commissioner ray kelly had released on what he learned of the suspect that may have tied to the actual movie. >> we have some information, i believe some of it is public.
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clearly looks like a deranged individual. he had his hair painted red. he said he was the joker. >> i'll have much more here from aurora in just a couple of minutes. but let's head now to our headquarters in atlanta where jennifer westhoven is taking a look at other stories making headline this morning. good morning. good morning, thank you. when we come back, we'll look at how norway is memorializing its own victims a year after a deadly attack. do you see it ? there it is ! there it is ! where ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ? it's gone. we'll find it. any day can be an adventure. that's why we got a subaru. love wherever the road takes you. wow, there it is.
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solemn day include a wreath laying, moment of silence at the time the bomb was detonated in oslo. to syria where the conflict of interest is spreading into minimum wage -- conflict is spreading into major cities, first damascus, and now to the northern city of ilepo. there's an all-out attack on opposition strongholds. [ gunfire ] >> you heard fighting, gunshots sounding out with apparent shelling by syrian tank. syrian refugees are fleeing across the border, running for their lives to escape the violence. now at last count, the numbers stood at 120,000. cnn has more from abu dhabi. muhammad, among all of those people, civilians, were two more army generals who fled to neighboring turkey, bringing the total number of army defectors to more than 20. more than 20. is the fact that the number is growing, does that tell us maybe that the syrian regime could be
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weak weakening? >> reporter: well, jennifer, there's been a lot of questions about this this past week. what you've seen this image of invulnerability that the assad regime had this past week. that's gone away. it's the fact that you had more and more members of the army there defecting. but especially high ranking generals. a couple of weeks ago, you had the highest ranking military official yet in syria fleeing the country. the last 24 hours, you had two more generals fleeing, going into turkey, joining the opposition, defecting. you've seen more and more rank and file members of the syrian military join the opposition, become rebel fighters with the free syrian army. they call it -- [ speaking arabic ] >> and diplomatic defections. in the last week and a half, you had the highest ranking diplomatic defection, the former ambassador to iraq. very high official in the syrian regime. he defected, as well. put all this together, and does
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lead to a lot of questions about how much of a grip on power bashar al assad has at this time. >> thank you very much. maybe signs that the power is shifting. when we come back, we'll have more of the latest from aurora, colorado. the investigation, the victims, and the survivors.
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>> reporter: matt mcquinn's family agonized for hours before they found out he was killed in the aurora movie theater shooting. he was at the movie with his girlfriend and her brother. witnesses say he died while trying to shield his girlfriend from the barrage of bullets from suspected gunman james holmes. to make matters worse for his girlfriend, the hospital wouldn't confirm his condition to her because she was not related. >> matt mcquinn was 27 years old. his girlfriend, samantha yowler, was shot in the knee and is expected to make a full recovery. president obama will be here in aurora later today to meet with victims' families as the normally quiet community mourns, and the healing process begins. cnn's sandra endo talks to residents still reeling from the tragedy that hit way too close to home. >> reporter: the explosives found inside james holmes' apartment were removed saturday and taken to an undisclosed
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location for detonation. authorities say holm booby trapped the -- holmes booby trapped the space before he went on a shooting rampage at a showing of "the dark knight rises." 12 people dead, nearly 60 more recovering from injuries. the entire community is in mourning. >> lived in colorado for 34 years, my entire life. not more than a mile from here. it's really sad when it hits this close to home. >> reporter: the coroner's office released a complete list of the dead saturday. the youngest was just 6 years old. many of the victims remain hospitalized. one woman says the horror she saw was worse than a war zone. >> if you're in the military, you signed up for it. you're signing up, possibly risking your life. whereas these people were going to a movie to enjoy themselves, to spend time with -- whether it was their family, their friends. they didn't sign up to be shot. >> reporter: some have serious injuries but know their fates could have been different. >> the wound was around here. it was just a few millimeters
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in, you know, centimeters in, and i don't think i would have left the theater. >> reporter: as holmes prepares for his first court appearance monday morning, the survivors of the attack for which he's blamed are trying to move forward. >> reporter: can you forget him? >> he killed somebody i cared about, injured a heck of a lot of my friends. so for right now, no. down the road, yeah. >> reporter: sunday president obama is scheduled to arrive here to support a grieving community. he's set to meet with survivors and victims' families. in aurora, colorado, i'm sandra endo. and this morning we're learning police interviewed someone they say was associated with james holmes, but they're not calling him a suspect. more on what we're finding out. on a walk, walk, walk. love to walk. yeah, we found that wonderful thing. and you smiled. and threw it. and i decided i would never, ever leave it anywhere. because that wonderful, bouncy, roll-around thing...
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welcome back, everyone, thanks for starting your morning with us. i'm randi kaye reporting this morning from aurora, colorado. it is now just about half past the hour. if you're just waking up this morning, let's get you caught up on what's happening here in aurora. overnight, we found out that police interviewed an associate of suspected gunman james holmes. the person is not a suspect, and there's no reason to believe he was involved. police say they've removed all the booby traps from joames holmes' apartment and conducted a controlled explosion. many residents were allowed to return home. police say the evidence shows
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holmes may have been planning this attack for months, and he wanted to kill or hurt anyone looking for information about him in the aftermath of the attack. we now know the name of all 12 people killed in the tragic shooting. many were under 30 years old. the youngest victim just 6. police say the theater where the shooting took place will remain closed until at least wednesday. that gives them time to complete their investigation. holmes' defense team will get access by tuesday, we're told. today is an important day for people here in aurora, colorado. president obama is headed here to meet with families of the victims. and jim spellman is near the apartment complex where james holmes lives. good morning, what do we know about the president's agenda today? all right. we've lost jim spellman. we'll get back to him in a moment. i want to talk about this violence and the horrible
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stories about what happened inside the theater. how do you explain this to your children when they ask you about it? when they ask about what happened here in aurora? we'll get tips from a psychologist in a moment. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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one was a 6-year-old girl. her mother was also critically wounded in the shooting. by now your own children may have caught some of the news of this tragic shooting, and they may be asking you a whole lot of questions. how do you explain this violence to them? psychologist eric fisher joins me from atlanta. good morning. thanks for joining us this morning. >> thanks for having me. >> i guess a lot of parents are wondering how do you speak to your kids about a horrific event like this without scaring them? what do you say? >> this is a tough event because, first of all, you have to ask should your kids be viewing news events about events so tragic and horrific. below the age of 8 to 10-years-old, kids see the world very literally. things are big and close, meaning something that happens in colorado could feel like it's next door. they could have, you know, a colorado street or a colorado shopping mall or something that they don't understand where these events are and how big they seem to them because the world seems very small. so talking to them about these
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things can be very tricky. you want to understand their age. you want to understand their development, their maturity. and again, you want to hear how -- what language are your kids using if they are talking about it. so sometimes asking them questions about what they know is the best place to start. >> and eric, if all children mature differently, i mean, how do parents know if they should be shielding their kids from violence or talking honestly about it? a lot of parents say i don't let my kids watch the news. what is the answer? >> well, the thing to look at, too, is not only are we looking at what they're seeing on the news, we have to look at what they're seeing on television, in video games, in their cartoons. average hour of kids' tv is 20 to 25 acts of violence in it. and this rate of violent acts is up every year it seems. we have to realize our kids are
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not just seeing this on the news, but we have to see it in the movie theaters, too. i believe really that kids younger than 13 should really be shielded from violence. it's not about our kids growing up in a bubble. it's understanding what they're able to process cognitively, emotionally, mentally, and how we as parents helping them to process this information. >> so it sounds like you're saying that part of the problem is that parents feel comfortable bringing children to movies like "the dark knight rises." a pg-13, but what would you tell a parent who says pg-13 content is appropriate for their kids? >> you know, i just wrote a blog on my web site that was about the language of violence. and what we have to look at is the idea that our kids are learning a language from the moment they're born on this planet. and the language isn't just the words we speak.
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it's the things we see, the things we hear. it's what we're exposed to. for example, my concern about a 3-month-old being in this movie is at that age you're not seeing much, you're hearing. and movies are loud, first of all. so auditorially, it's an overwhelming environment. think about how that affects a child who's growing up in an environment like that. we talk about the effects of kids who grow up in violent homes, who are exposed to violence. but i think we also have to look at the effect of violence on our kids that they see, like we said, in tv, movies, and in -- just in the environment around them. >> eric fisher, thank you very much. >> thanks for having me. today is an important day for people in aurora, colorado. president obama headed here to meet with the victims' families. jim spellman is at the apartment complex where james holmes lives. jim, good morning. what can you tell us about the president's agenda today?
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>> reporter: he'll arrive later this afternoon. he's expected to meet with victims and family members of people who were deceased. he'll of course meet with the leaders. we know that the governor will be here for the vigil later today. the president, however, will not stay for the vigil. he's expected to make a quick comment to the press and then just meet with families. then he'll head to san francisco. that vigil, though, i think will -- will doubtlessly be a big thing for people in this area. and i think a lot of people will be really glad that -- just to know that the president came and even though he doesn't appear at the vigil, that he was there to try to comfort some families. >> and tomorrow looking ahead, the suspected gunman, james holmes, will be in court for his first hearing. probably not expecting a lot to come out of that, right? >> reporter: no. i mean, i'm sure like you i've been to many of these first appearances. generally not a lot happens. with the court records being sealed in this case, they may charge him.
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we may know exactly what they charge him with. they may go through a hearing to deal with bond issues and how they're going to hold him. it's going to be tried by the state of colorado. we'll see him, it will be the first time we're able to see him in person. there's been no perp walk. the first chance to see him up close and personal since the terrible shooting friday. >> yeah. judging lie the flurry of emails -- judging by the flurry of emails i got, there's a lot of confusion about this other person that police were interviewing. police mentioned some inaccurate reports. have we nailed that down? what do we know about that? >> reporter: yeah. right. last night, there were multiple reports that there was a potential second suspect in this case. aurora police wanted to come out and knock that down. they said, yes, they interviewed a man that they described as an associate of james holmes. they said that at this point they have no reason to believe that he was involved in the incident. i think what you're seeing is now that they're able to get into the apartment, having rendered it safe, now they have all the evidence they can work off of.
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we know they took out a computer, what notes he may have had, that will really help their investigation. as that happens, you'll see them interviewing more and more people, chasing down as many leads to put together exactly what happened and maybe what why. -- maybe why. >> we'll check back later this morning. also this morning, a very strange story involving michael jackson's mother. is katherine jackson okay? that is the question this morning after conflicting reports over her whereabouts.
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so we're getting conflicting
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reports this morning on michael jackson's mother, katherine jackson. the 82-year-old was reported missing late saturday, but her son, jermaine, tweeted she's fine and resting in arizona. what's very confusing here is that her own lawyer still says that she's worried about her, worried for her safety. a missing persons report came in just a few days after we learn good a dispute between mrs. jackson's advisories and several of her -- advisers and several of her children and legal affairs. there's a fight between members of the jackson family. money, obviously, at stake here. there's been so much drama in the past between members of the family. joining us from san diego for more on this strange unfolding drama is cnn's alan duke. good morning. mrs. jackson's lawyer says she's worried about mrs. jackson's safety. do we know for sure that she's okay? >> well, they don't know because they've not been able to
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actually reach her for a week. not since she left on sunday of last week for a concert to go to albuquerque where she never arrived. she left her calabasas home with daughter rebbi, and it appears based on everything i'm told that she is with some of her children. however, her lawyer, her manager, and her grandchildren, michael jackson's children, appear very concerned about their grandmother's safety. in fact, the 14-year-old daughter of michael jackson, paris, in the custody of the grandmother tweeted, yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven't spoken to her in a week. i want her home now. and she in fact tweeted the telephone number for her security guard saying if anybody sees my grandmother, please call the authorities or this number. it's unclear exactly why they're worried other than the fact that they've not been able to reach the grandmother who is never out
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of touch with michael jackson's children. the ones who have been living with her since their father died three years ago. >> so is there anything we know about their relationship with jermaine? is that strained? >> reporter: well, it's not just jermaine but randy and rebi and janet and tito all signed this letter just this past week that was blasting the people closest to katherine, her lawyer, her manager, and nephew trent jackson, who is with her constantly. and that sort of shows a riveft. keep in mind la toya, marlin, and jackie jackson did not join in the letter. what we're seeing, frankly, is fault lines in the jackson family that we've seen before have basically erupted into an earthquake. and it's going to be interesting to see what happens. basically, paris is saying, please, let me talk to my grandmother. i want to make sure she's okay. >> so at this point, is this a family drama, or have
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authorities been called? >> reporter: no, they've actually filed a missing persons report in the los angeles county sheriff's department missing persons homicide unit, that's actually investigating this. >> her children say, as you mentioned, that katherine jackson is being mistreated by her advisers. mistreated sounds like a tough word especially when you think about a woman in her 80s. is there any valid ity to that? >> reporter: well, as far as her advisers, some of her children say she's going given bad advice, advised ton contest the will. however, it was almost three years ago that the will was validated by courts all the way up to the california supreme court. and lawyers say legally there's no way that they can get that will unvalidated at this time. that's sort of passed. there's risk about her finances that her children disagree with her advisers on. we'll see what that leads to. >> you were mentioning how paris
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has been doing some tweeting on this. is this -- >> reporter: paris has been tweeting, very vocal. she's upset and has been very several days. i understand she got into a telephone shouting match with janet jackson when janet, according to these people close to paris, told her she couldn't talk to her grandmother this week. that's what led to all this. >> all right. alan duke in san diego, thank you very much for that update on this very bewildering story, shall we say, watching that unfold among the jackson family. the suspect in the sheert shooting left a damning trail of evidence. authorities say his plan was in the works perhaps for months. a close look at how defense attorneys might try to defend james holmes. that's a few names longer. you see us bank on busier highways. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand,
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the first known victim of the aurora, colorado, mass theater shooting, jessica ghawi, an aspiring actress, chasing her dream. last year she survived a mall shooting. according to witnesses she died from a gunshot wound to the head. >> after narrowly escaping injury in that toronto shooting, ghawi reflected to friends about how fragile life is. she'll be remembered at a memorial service in san antonio. the latest on the investigation here in aurora, colorado. i wanted to speak with karen steinhauser, a former denver prosecutor and now defense attorney. good morning. >> good morning. >> let's talk about this because james holmes, the suspected shooter, is going to be in court
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tomorrow morning. >> correct. >> how do you start a defense? how do you build a defense for this guy? >> first of all, tomorrow morning is going to be very kind of pro forma. he's going to be advised by the judge of the potential charges that he faces. there's -- he'll come back to court in several days or perhaps longer. from the defense standpoint, one of the first thing they'll start doing is collecting as much as they can about him. about his mental health history, about his childhood. they're going to be interviewing friends, family, anyone that would have -- that could shed some light on what causes somebody with absolutely no criminal history whatsoever, somebody that the only thing he's done wrong is -- is speed. >> traffic violation. that was it. >> what causes somebody to do something so horrific without seemingly any type of motive, you know, anything?
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what -- what caused that to happen? >> how quickly will they start to build that mental illness defense? how tough will it be given the fact that now authorities are already saying he might have been planning this for months? how does that speak to the mental illness? how does that square with it? >> first of all. no matter how long somebody might be planning something, that speaks to the issue was there deliberation, was there intent as we think about that term. it really doesn't have anything to do with the fact of does he suffer as our colorado definition is, does he suffer from some type of mental disease or defect that would make him incapable of really distinguishing right from wrong. >> do you expect that he'll speak tomorrow in court at all? >> i do not. >> you wouldn't let him if you were his attorney? >> no. and generally at this type of appearance a defendant wouldn't speak. >> thank you for your insight. appreciate that. >> you're welcome. >> we will have more on the investigation from aurora, colorado, when we come back. as we continue to remember the
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being first to see one of the biggest movies of the year, now 12 innocent lives taken, 58 others wounded. anderson cooper explains how a night of excitement turned into confusion and then a fight for survival. >> reporter: it's about 12:30 a.m., 20 minutes or so into the soldout premiere of "the dark knight rises." a gunman dressed head to toe in bullet-proof gear and a gas mask throws a canister of what may have been teargas into the room through the exit door, which he'd propped open earlier after purchasing a ticket to the movie and sneaking out of the theater. the canister ignites, causing confusion among theater-goers who don't yet realize the danger they're in. >> this popping started happening, i thought it was fireworks or firecrackers, like someone playing a prank or joke. but then some -- smoke started rising in the lower right corner of the theater. >> reporter: witnesses say the gunman entered the theater, first fires at the ceiling, then turns his gun on the crowd. >> when he went straight from the air, he came down with his gun in my face. he was about three feet away
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from me at that point. in that incident, i honestly didn't know what to do. i was terrified. >> reporter: the terror spreads. eyewitnesses describe the gunman as calmly firing into the crowd. >> somehow i grabbed my little sister, grabbed her, we go on the ground, hiding below like the chairs. and the guy's standing right by the exit just firing away. he's not aiming at a specific person. he's just aiming everywhere, trying to hit as many people as he can. all i remember is i was on the ground, covering myself. when i was going up trying to see the guy like -- the teargas was getting me. my eyes were watery. i was crying, my throat felt weird. it felt like i was bleeding from my nose. it was hard to breathe. i kept going down, tucking down, telling my sister to go forward, pushing her forward where there were guys, girls running on top of me. jumping away from the scene, trying to escape. the guy was firing. like -- the shooting probably lasted a minuter two minutes. >> reporter: the gunman doesn't discriminate, children are also shot. this mother is wounded in the
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leg as she tries to escape the gunfire with her 4-month-old son and 4-year-old daughter. >> i just grabbed the baby, and i just drug -- i grabbed my daughter and just got her out as fast as i could. and just ran out. i didn't turn around. i didn't look behind me. i just got out. and then there was a moment where my daughter tripped, and -- and i just pulled her up. i was dragging her. i was thinking, we've got to get out. just -- just got to get out the doors. if i fall dead, just get my kids out of here. it was -- just so horrible. >> reporter: at 12:39 a.m., the first calls come into 911. >> reporter: police arrive within 90 seconds to soon learn that 71 people have been wounded. the cell phone video shows panicked and bloodied victims streaming out of the theater. [ crying ] >> been shot -- >> reporter: inside, ten people
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are dead. >> we need rescue inside the auditorium. multiple victims. >> i got seven down in theater nine! seven down. >> i've got a child victim. i need risk at the back door theater nine now. >> chilling moments for sure. authorities have said little about what they believe was the motive behind the massacre. the death toll now stands at 12. 58 wounded. we'll have more on the shooting investigation in a moment. thanks for starting your morning with us. we have much more ahead on cnn "sunday morning"hich starts right now. if you're just waking up this morning, let's catch you up on what's happening here in aurora, colorado. overnight, we found out that police interviewed an associate of suspected gunman james holmes. a spokeswoman says the person is not a suspect, and there's no reason to believe that he was involved. also, police now say


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