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Denver Shooting Survivor Gives Birth To Boy
A woman whose husband was critically wounded in last week's Denver cinema shooting has given birth to a healthy baby boy.
Katie Medley, 21, escaped unharmed from the attack in Aurora that left 12 people dead and 58 injured including her husband Caleb, 23, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head.
Hugo Jackson Medley was born at University of Colorado Hospital where his father is said to be in a critical but stable condition and faces more surgery to remove several shotgun pellets.
The couple went to the midnight showing of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises as a last date before the baby was due to arrive.
The hospital said both mother and baby, whose name had been chosen before the birth, are "doing great".
As Mrs Medley went into labour, her father tried to get in to see the first court appearance by the man arrested following the attack, James Holmes.
Asked what punishment is appropriate if Holmes is eventually convicted, David Sanchez said: "I think death is.
"When it's your own daughter, and she escaped death by mere seconds, it really makes you angry."
He was too late to get into the 10-minute hearing at which the 24-year-old, who reportedly referred to himself as "The Joker" on the evening of the attack, appeared dazed and did not speak.
On a website set up to raise money for the couple, who do not have health insurance, Mrs Medley is quoted describing what happened inside the cinema.
"I thought it was a prank at first, or someone playing along with the movie because it happened during a fight scene," she said.
"Then he opened fire, and Caleb was shot in the right eye as they all tried to duck and cover.
"I didn't know how he was, because there was so much blood but he was still moving and he kept running his fingers through his hair."
Mr Medley was the fourth victim to be taken out of the cinema, she said.
"They did not bother to wait for the ambulance; he was put in the back of a cop car and they drove him straight to University Hospital.
"I did not get to see him again, because the police were keeping me, and I did not find out if he was still alive until they released me at about 4am."
Mr Sanchez told the Denver Post that doctors were not sure when the baby could be taken to see his father because of the risk of infections.
"It's been horrendous. It's been more than anybody should be able to handle," he said.
Other stories have also emerged from the more than 50 people who were injured but survived the shooting.
Stephen A Barton, who was on a cross-country bike trip with a friend when they decided to go to the midnight screening at Century 16 Theatre, said the attack was "cold and calculated".
The 22-year-old told KDVR-TV that he and his friend, Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent, thought it was a prank when they saw a gas canister fly across the screen.
"At that time, I thought it was still fireworks," he said.
"People started screaming. There was a lot of chaos, so I ducked down with my friends who I was there with."
Christina Blache, who found out on Saturday that her friend Alex Sullivan had not survived the attack, said "nobody was prepared" for the violence.
"If you're going over to a war zone, you know there's the potential that you're going to be shot at. Potential that mortars are going to come over the wall. Potential that somebody is going to throw a grenade at you," she said in an interview with CNN.
"... if you're sitting in a movie theatre trying to watch a movie with your friends, who expects to be shot in a movie theatre? None of us did."