Six Denver-area hospitals scrambled to treat an influx of more than 50 gunshot victims early Friday after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater just after midnight.
University of Colorado Hospital, an academic medical center with a Level II trauma center about 3 miles from the shooting site, immediately activated its disaster-response plan.
“We knew right away that it would be high-volume, so we started our emergency plans,” spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said. “We do all kinds of training so that we know what to do when the emergency hits. And that's what happened today.”
News services reported that a lone gunman wearing a gas mask and a SWAT uniform entered through the emergency door of a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that was open for a midnight showing of the new Batman movie and began firing semiautomatic rifle rounds and launched gas canisters into the crowd.