Communications failure cited in Aurora shootings
Oolice and fire officials failed to tell each other when and where rescuers were needed following the theater execution
AURORA, Colo. — Records indicate that police and fire officials failed to tell each other when and where rescuers were needed following last summer's Aurora movie theater shootings.
According to the documents obtained by the Denver Post, the fire department says it was not notified until 17 minutes after the attack that it was needed at the back of the theater.
By that time, ambulances were stuck behind parked cars, police vehicles and 1,400 fleeing moviegoers.
Police complained they had to transport some of the most critically injured in the back of police cars.
James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20 shootings. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty.
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