Witness Joshua Nowlan said he thought it would be a "turkey shoot" if they tried to run for the exit.
Witness Joshua Nowlan: "Once I heard the shotgun go off, the sound was very familiar [from his experience in the military]."
Witness Joshua Nowlan also said he initially thought the gas canister was a prank.
Witness Joshua Nowlan said one guy, a bigger gentleman, seem a little over-excited and stood up and yelled "Yeah!" when the movie started.
Witness Joshua Nowlan on what it was like during the previews: "We were very excited."
Witness Joshua Nowlan on how he chose a seat: "Once we saw an opening we ran to it before anyone else could grab it."
Witness Joshua Nowlan said he attended with Brandon and Denise Axelrod, who had just returned from their honeymoon that day.
Witness Joshua Nowlan said he was willing to pay for tickets to the premier because, "I grew up to be a real big super hero type person. I love comics."
Witness Joshua Nowlan said he has a movie pass that let's him go to movies for free because he works for an advertising company that works with theater chains. Had previously gone to many movies at Century 16.
- New Witness
Prosecution calls witness Joshua Nowlan.
Jury question for APD Officer Annette Brook: "Were the injured/deceased in one area or spread out around the theater?" Brooke: "They were dispersed. I don't think there was anyone more than two-thirds of the way up."
Jury question for APD Officer Annette Brook: "Did you see injured/deceased people in the flat part of the seating area?" Brook: "No."
APD Officer Annette Brook said she saw at least 10 bodies in the theater. "Some you could tell right away [they were dead]."
APD Officer Annette Brook: "They tore the screen down, finally. We couldn't see it but we could still hear it. Eventually they turned the movie off."
APD Officer Annette Brook said she stayed in the theater until a medic came in and did a secondary check to confirm all the bodies being left in the theater were dead.
APD Officer Annette Brook: "There was blood on the seats, blood on the walls, blood on the exit door and pools of blood on the floor."
APD Officer Annette Brook on helping a woman how had been shot in the abdomen: "It looked like she was holding her guts in... We got her up, leading her down the stairs but there was too much blood." She was later identified as Farrah Soudani.
APD Officer Annette Brook said she saw the rifle on the ground but thought it was a police weapon.
APD Officer Annette Brook on helping a victim: "We basically just threw him in the back of the car. He never woke up. He did live."
APD Officer Annette Brook: "The only thing I heard over the radio was other officers screaming for ambulances."
APD Officer Annette Brook said she didn't know what was happening behind the theater while she was inside.
APD Officer Annette Brook: "Then I began to notice the bodies, the live victims, the blood."
APD Officer Annette Brook describes the lighting and sound: "It was dim, the movie was still playing and alarm was going off... I could smell the gas."
APD Officer Annette Brook said she did not stop to help victims, but ran to the theater because they did not know where the suspect was and officers who didn't have gas masks couldn't get in the theater.
APD Officer Annette Brook was asked, "Did you see injured people?" Brook answered "Many."
APD Officer Annette Brook said she grabbed gas mask and helmet from the car and put them on as she ran to the theater.
APD Sgt. Specialist Gerald Jonsgaard said officers had the suspect prone on the ground and began stripping off a vest, helmet and chaps.
Background info: APD Officer Jason Oviatt: Was the first officer to arrive and one of those who handcuffed Holmes outside the theater along with Officer Sweeney. They took him into custody and asked if anyone else was involved, to which Holmes allegedly replied "it is just me." Oviatt also asked if the address on his license was correct, and Holmes replied that it was but there were bombs with trip wires inside the apartment, according to the arrest affidavit.
APD Sgt. Specialist Gerald Jonsgaard said other officers drew their weapons and ordered the man in body armor to put his hands up, that's when he confirmed with other officer that the man was the suspect.
APD Sgt. Specialist Gerald Jonsgaard said he thought the shooter was a SWAT officer at first because of his body armor, and thought "How did SWAT get here so fast?"
APD Sgt. Specialist Gerald Jonsgaard: "I knew I was one of the first officers to arrive... at the back of the theater."
In 2013, Jonsgaard was awarded the Campaign Pin with First Responder Star, Century 16 - Distinguished Service Cross and Century 16 – Life Saving Award by the Aurora Police Department. However, we have never heard his account of the events of that night before today.
APD Sgt. Specialist Gerald Jonsgaard was about 10 blocks away but said it took him about a minute to get to the theater. He drove at speeds up to 70 mph.
- New Witness
First witness of the day: Sgt. Specialist Gerald Jonsgaard with Aurora Police Department, District 1. Has worked with APD for more than 30 years.