VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - To Marcus Weaver, a 1989 graduate of Green Run High School, the sounds of shots ringing out in a theater in Aurora, Colo., early Friday morning seemed like just part of a movie.
Weaver was at the 12:05 a.m. showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," when a gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired a gun into a crowded movie theater.
Authorities say 12 people were killed and at least 50 others were injured .
"It was crazy," Weaver told WAVY.com via phone from his hospital room. "My first reaction was to grab my friend and get down on the ground, like everyone else was doing, but he kept firing. He would fire off six to 10 shots at a time, then pause, so you'd think it was stopping, but then he kept firing."
Mark Meredith, a reporter with KDVR in Denver, Colo., told WAVY.com just before 11:30 a.m. that Weaver left the hospital and is now going to get some rest.
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From his hospital room Friday morning, Weaver told WAVY.com he was at the theater with his friend Rebecca, who was unconscious when she was taken out of the theater. At this time, Weaver doesn't know where his friend is being treated or what her condition is.
Weaver described the scene as "utter chaos."
"About 20 minutes in, there was a smoke bomb that sounded like a siren was going through the crowd," Weaver explained. "It seems like there was a small amount of smoke coming out of it. So then, we look over to the right, and a guy is just open firing into the crowd."
Weaver said he was wounded in the shoulder as a result of the shooting.
"Finally he stopped, and so that's when I picked up my friend Rebecca and I picked her up and she had blood and stuff all over her. I tried to pull her out, but then he started firing again. At that point, everyone was just in a frantic ... when I was jumping over the seats to get to the exit, there were people trampling over people who were lying on the ground and it was just the most horrific scene I have ever seen."
Weaver was not there when the gunman was taken away.
Federal law enforcement officials later identified the shooting suspect as 24-year-old James Holmes. The suspect is in police custody, and the FBI has stated that there is no known connection between the suspect and any terrorist groups.
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