APD Sergeant Michael Hawkins on people left in the theater: "Some of them were verbally and physically upset and there were some that were calmly walking out or calmly staying seated."
APD Sergeant Michael Hawkins: "A man asked me to help him help his wife... his face was covered in blood. As I looked closer I could see bright pieces of metal sticking out of his face."
APD Sergeant Michael Hawkins returned to the theater after driving 2 victims to the hospital.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he heard Aurora South was already full, so he headed to University Hospital. He said he told a doctor to expect more shooting victims.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins testified that a firefighters put a man (Michael White) who had been shot in the chest in the front seat of a patrol car. A teenager with a wounded lip was put in the backseat. "The firefighter told me I needed to get to the hospital quickly."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he saw "two girls carrying a teenage black boy who had been shot in the leg," and carried him over to other injured victims.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: "I was aware of the way they looked at me that she died... it was a little girl named Veronica Moser."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: "I felt her blood on me... I looked down at her and I realized she was probably gone."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said another officer called him over to a girl who appeared to be about 6 years old. The officer showed Hawkins a gunshot wound to the girl's abdomen. Hawkins said he couldn't find a pulse because his hands were shaking and throbbing. "I picked her up and I ran out of the theater."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: "Next I found a heavy-set teen on the floor... I could tell there was a bullet wound... and he whispered, 'Help me, I'm dying.'"
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: A woman next to the man who had died on the floor, she had been shot in the calf, and a large part of her calf was missing... Officer Baker carried her out."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: "I would say there were still a fair amount of people in the theater."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: "I have been to homicide scenes, but I have not been on a scene like this."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said the movie was still playing when he entered the theater. Other officers were already inside, looking underneath the movie screen and heading out the backdoor of the theater.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he pushed two teen girls out the exit door, and noticed an assault rifle on the floor.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins describes finding a man with a heavy-caliber bullet wound: "Most of his head was gone."
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he entered Theater 9 through the main doors and went down the right aisle (if you are facing the movie screen.)
APD Officer Michael Hawkins: "A police officer in plain clothes was choking on gas and said 'Go to Theater 9.'"
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said inside the theater a woman grabbed his leg and asked for help, saying the man next to her had been shot. Hawkins said he continued toward the threat instead of stopping to help.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins got an oxygen tank (a self-contained breathing apparatus) from a firefighter to go into the theater.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he was hearing radio transmissions about tear gas in the theater and officers were told to get gas masks.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he asked the road construction crew if the man had been shot and they said he had been.
APD Officer Michael Hawkins said he found one man being cared for by a construction crew on the northwest side of the theater parking lot.
Officer Hawkins said he drove at speeds up to 100 mph on I-225 to get to the movie theater.
Officer Michael Hawkins was about to get off work when he heard radio chatter about shots fired.
- New Witness
Officer Michael Hawkins, with the Aurora Police Department, called to the stand.
Juror 155 informs judge he knows the interpreter through the church he attends. States that he does not know any of the witnesses.
Rita Paulina dismissed from witness stand, Judge Samour calls brief break.
Rita Paulina says her son, Prodeo Patria, helped an injured stranger out of the theater.
Rita Paulina said she "prayed to God that if I would die there he would take me to heaven."
Rita Paulina testified about being shot: "What happened to my arm was like a zombie."
Rita Paulina said she told her husband "Run out with my son. I'm ready to die here."
Shooting survivor Rita Paulina testifies she attended the movie with her husband and her son, Prodeo Patria.