I was awakened by a phone call around 4:30. My dear sweet friend. The friend that a few weeks ago I told you was being evacuated from the fire area. It's 4:30, of course something is wrong. No one calls at that time when things are ok. She was hysterical. I couldn't understand a word she said. After several minutes I finally was able to gather the story.
Yeah, I said it. The shooting at the Aurora theater that you are waking up to hearing about, it happened near my house. She was supposed to be there. Her friends invited her. She contemplated it and then decided tonight that she was too tired to make the hour drive tonight to come up to hang out with her friends. After all, she would have to make the hour drive home as well because she has to work this morning.
My husband and younger boys were at this theater just hours before. Logically my mind says that my family was fine. The shooting happened during the premier of the new Batman. That in a sick and twisted way can make sense. No one is going to start shooting in Madagascar 3, that doesn't make sense in any way. But I still feel stunned and shocked. What if it had been my family? What if it had been 4 hours earlier when my family was there?
I feel sick. My oldest son saw the new Spiderman movie a couple of weeks ago at this theater, late at night with a friend and his family. What if it had happened then? 12 dead. 10 died at the scene. 2 died in hospitals. 50+ wounded. They are reporting that the youngest patient is 3 months old but people are spread out in hospitals across the city. That may not be an accurate statement. But several eye witnesses said they saw a baby get shot.
A baby. My friend's friend who was there said the worst part was a little girl, maybe 6 years old, screaming and crying hysterically. What is wrong with people??????? The suspect is in custody. I'm glad he is custody. I live far too close to feel ok with a roaming suspect. My family is safe. My friends are safe. And I am not ok right now.
I'm praying right now for the families who had to say goodbye far too soon. I'm praying for the people who were injured. I'm praying for the people who were there who were in different theaters. I'm praying for my friend who was supposed to be there. I'm praying for peace. I'm praying for the words to say when my kids ask me about this. I'm praying with a very broken heart.