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Jul 20, 2012 12:21 PM by Andy Koen

Theater shooting survivor in his own words

Christopher Ramos and his sister were in Theater 9 of the Century 16 Cinema at the Town Center Mall in Aurora during the mass shooting Friday. He recounts the ordeal here beginning when suspect James Holmes entered through an emergency exit near the front of the theater.

"Like the right door opens up and someone throws something towards the crowd. At first I thought it was part of the movie because from the shadows it kind of looked like a bat, so I thought they were promoting the Batman movie or something.

"The guy that's actually sitting right next to me, he ends up getting shot, that's when I actually realized this is not part of the movie. Somehow out of pure instinct I grabbed my sister and I tackled her and pushed her down on the ground.

"People were like hiding, people were like getting shot at, people were like trying to like run, like jumping out of chairs, running on top of people like just pure instinct trying to survive and like get out of there. It was compete chaos, it was a complete mess.

"He was only shooting for like a minute or two but it felt like it was a really, really long time, and by the time he was actually done shooting he actually, gradually just walked, started walking up toward the theater like nothing happened.

"No matter what people say, they're never going to truly understand what me and everyone else in that theater went through.

"I feel like now that I should live my life and do all the things I want to do for those people that didn't make it."

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