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A Virginia Beach native who survived the Colorado movie theater shooting rampage told WAVY.com that the incident seemed to be just part of the movie. But he soon realized it was not.
"It was crazy," Marcus 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."
Weaver, a 1989 graduate of Green Run High School, was at the 12:05 a.m. showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," when the shooting began.
He told WAVY.com that he suffered a shoulder wound.
A Denver reporter told WAVY.com later Friday morning that Weaver was released from the hospital to continue his recovery.
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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."
"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."