Communications failure cited in Aurora shootings

AURORA — Police and fire officials failed to tell each other when and where rescuers were needed following the Aurora theater shootings, according to reports obtained by the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/cp3kesp ).

The fire department says it was not notified until 17 minutes after the shootings that they were 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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