Sunday 25 February 2018

Colorado Batman shooting: Mum paralysed by gunman who killed daughter (6) loses unborn baby

L: Veronica Moser-Sullivan was killed by gunman James Holmes R: Veronica's mother, Ashley Moser, was also severely wounded in the attack
L: Veronica Moser-Sullivan was killed by gunman James Holmes R: Veronica's mother, Ashley Moser, was also severely wounded in the attack

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

THE Colorado cinema massacre has claimed its 13th victim as a pregnant mother who survived the attack suffered a miscarriage following surgery.

Ashley Moser, 25, was eight weeks pregnant when she was hit once in the stomach and twice in the neck during the mass shooting.



Her six-year-old daughter Veronica Moser was among the 12 people killed and 58 injured when gunman James Holmes opened fire during a screening of Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado on July 20.



Miss Moser, who is expected to be paralysed, lost her baby after undergoing surgery related to her injuries.



In a statement her family said: "Ashley is recovering from an additional surgery she had this morning. Tragically, the extreme trauma she sustained also caused a miscarriage.



"We want to send a special thank you to the courageous heroes of law enforcement, other first responders, paramedics, and doctors and nurses who have all gone beyond the call-of-duty in caring for our daughter, granddaughter and all of the other victims of this tragic event.



"Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of those who have been sending well-wishes, prayers and good thoughts to Ashley. Her lifetime of care will be a long road."



Speaking before the miscarriage the unborn baby's father Jamison Toews, 28, described how they had seen an ultrasound hours before going to the cinema.



Recalling how Miss Moser was shot, he told CBS News: "Another bullet came and hit her right in front of me and she just fell right back down." He added: "I saw what you never want to see and it was Veronica's lifeless body lying there."



At the weekend victims were mourned at funerals in three US states.



In Springfield, Ohio Samantha Yowler, who was shot in the knee wept at the funeral of her boyfriend Matt McQuinn, 27, who saved her by diving in front of her and taking three bullets.



In San Antonio, Texas mourners gathered at the Community Bible Church to remember Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster. Her brother Jordan Ghawi described the gunman as a "coward."



A private funeral service was also held at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, for Staff Sergeant Jesse Childress, 29, a cyber-systems operator.



Holmes is due to be formally charged at a court hearing on Monday.



According to court documents submitted by his defence he was a psychiatric patient at the time of the shootings.



He had been visiting Dr Lynne Fenton, the medical director of student mental health services at the University of Colorado, where he was a neuroscience postgraduate student.



Holmes had sent a notebook to Dr Fenton containing drawings of a shooting spree but it never reached her and was later found in the post room.

Telegraph.co.uk

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