Alex Sullivan, 27, is the second confirmed victim of the Aurora theater shooting that killed 11 and injured 58 others.
The family of 27-year-old Alex Sullivan confirmed Friday night that he was one of 12 people killed in the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater.
“The Sullivan family lost a cherished member of their family today,” a release from the family said. “Alex was smart, funny, and above all loved dearly by his friends and family.”
The release said Friday was Alex Sullivan’s birthday.
The family was notified at 8 p.m. after they had desperately searched for Sullivan for more than 14 hours, the release said.
Sullivan is one of 12 people killed in the rampage. Fifty-eight others were wounded, 11 critically.
Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said about 7 p.m. on Friday that the last of the 10 bodies in the Century 16 movie complex in Aurora Town Center were removed by 5 p.m. and police hope to have identifications of the victims within the next couple of hours.
He said there were 70 casualties, including 12 confirmed dead. Two of the dead perished at local hospitals. The majority of the victims died from gunshot wounds. Many of the injuries were from bullets but a handful were the ” result of the chaos and trauma in the theater.”
The only other victim who has been identfied is an aspiring sports journalist Jessica Ghawi. Reports on Twitter said that her mother was asking that anyone using the microblogging service tweet under the hastag #RIPJessica because she wanted it to trend.
Gov. John Hickenlooper said that as of 3:30 p.m. 30 patients remained hospitalized, with 11 in critical condition.
He called the shootings that took place during a screening of the newest Batman movie an “act that defies description.”
The suspected gunman James Eagan Holmes, 24, was in the Arapahoe County Jail and is scheduled for his first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to the chief.
Oates said the suspect is believed to have purchased four guns locally in the last two months and bought ammunition and magazines for his weapons over the Internet. With the weapons employed in the shooting — an AR-15 assault-style rifle, a shotgun and a handgun — the gunman could have gotten off as many as 60 rounds a minute, Oates said.
The chief said authorities will wait until Saturday to attempt to gain entrance to the suspect’s apartment in Aurora because the scene remains far too dangerous, laced with jars full of liquid and “something that looks like mortar rounds.” Aurora police are working with experts from the federal government to secure the apartment.
Oates families in four of the five apartments in the complex will be allowed to return briefly this evening to retrieve necessities such as medication, but they will be directed to evacuation centers or other accommodations for the night.
The chief said two Aurora high schools will be open Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. for mental health counseling for anyone in need of services.
The city plans a prayer vigil Sunday at 6:30 p.m. In front of the Aurora Municipsl Building.
The lone suspect in the shooting had a ticket to the midnight premiere of the newest Batman film and entered along with the crowd, investigators believe.
Then he walked out of the theater’s emergency door unnoticed, investigators said, propping it open. The suspect, later identified as Holmes, allegedly returned through the same door minutes later, clad in black ballistic gear, and opened fire.
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