An Ohio teenager and the daughter of an Ohio fire chief were among at least 50 people injured in the shooting at the Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed Friday.
Family members said the two were in the Denver-area theater where a man in a gas mask opened fire. The moviegoers were there for a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Dave Hankins of Forest said that his 18-year-old son, Gage Hankins, was wounded in the arm.
He said that his son was in a neighboring theater to where the gunman opened fire. He believed a bullet came through the wall and struck his son in the arm.
Hankins is a recent high school graduate from the town of Forest in Hardin County and was vacationing in Colorado.
“He remembers they were in the movie, smoke and popping sounds, he thought it was all part of the movie,” Dave Hankins said. “Then his arm felt warm, he looked down and knew he was bleeding. The group decided they ought to get the heck out of there.”
St. Paris Fire Chief Scott Massie says his daughter was shot in the leg. Massie said that his daughter Samantha Yowler moved to Colorado in November from Champaign County.
Yower was at the theater with her brother and boyfriend. Her brother, Nick Yowler, was uninjured.
Yowler’s boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, also was in the theater. He is still unaccounted for.
Family members say Yowler and Hankins, who underwent surgery and was expected to be released from the hospital Friday evening, are expected to recover.
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