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"People were screaming running out. Everybody was trying to find somewhere to hide and duck for cover.

AN EYEWITNESS TO THE DEADLY SHOOTING AT A COLORADO MOVIE THEATER... TELLS ABOUT A SIGHT HE SAYS... WAS MORE HORRIFYING THAN ANY HE'S SEEN ON A SCREEN.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE CRIME SCENE THE MORNING AFTER A MIDNIGHT SHOWING OF THE NEW BATMAN MOVIE IN AURORA, COLORADO, WAS INTERRUPTED BY A LOUD BLAST... AND DEADLY GUNFIRE.

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

WE'LL BE JOINING FRANK MALLOY IN JUST A FEW MINUTES AS HE REPORTS LIVE FROM MACON'S AMSTAR 16 THEATER.

BUT FIRST... AN UPDATE ON WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION.

AT THIS HOUR, AT LEAST TWELVE PEOPLE ARE DEAD.

NEARLY SIXTY MORE WERE INJURED ACCORDING TO THE DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SAYS TWO SAILORS AND ONE AIRMAN WERE AMONG THE WOUNDED.

POLICE SAY THEY ARRESTED 24-YEAR-OLD JAMES HOLMES VERY QUICKLY.

INVESTIGATORS REPORT... HUNDREDS OF CALLS POURED IN JUST AFTER TWELVE-THIRTY THIS MORNING... AND OFFICERS WERE ON THE SCENE WITHIN A MINUTE AND A HALF.

CHIEF OF POLICE DAN OATES SAYS OFFICERS FOUND AN A-R-15 ASSAULT RIFLE... A REMINGTON 12-GAUGE SHOTGUN.. AND A 40-CALIBER GLOCK IN THE THEATER.... AND ANOTHER WEAPON IN THE GUNMAN'S CAR.

SOME OF THOSE WERE PURCHASED LEGALLY... AT BASS PRO SHOPS.

OATES SAYS HOLMES RELEASED TWO SMOKE OR GAS BOMBS JUST MOMENTS BEFORE HE ALLEGEDLY STARTED SHOOTING.

NEW YORK CITY'S POLICE COMMISSIONER... WHO USED TO WORK WITH THE CHIEF OF POLICE IN AURORA.. SAYS THE GUNMAN PAINTED HIS HAIR RED.. AND CALLED HIMSELF THE JOKER.

THE SHOOTING HAPPENED ABOUT A HALF HOUR AFTER CROWDS POURED IN FOR THE OPENING TRAILERS AND FEATURE FILM.

AS WE MENTIONED, THE MOVIE WAS THE PREMIERE OF THE NEWEST BATMAN RELEASE.

"THE DARK NIGHT RISES" OPENED NATIONWIDE LAST NIGHT.. INCLUDING AT MACON'S AMSTAR 16 THEATER ON ZEBULON ROAD.

AUSTIN LEWIS SPOKE TO PEOPLE AROUND TOWN TODAY TO GET THEIR REACTION.

SOME PEOPLE ARE HOLDING THEIR CHILDREN TIGHTER ... WHILE OTHERS SAID THEY REFUSE TO BECOME CAPTIVE TO FEAR...

WE START WITH A MOM WHOSE SON WAS AT THE THEATER BEHIND ME FOR LAST NIGHT'S MIDNIGHT SHOWING OF "DARK KNIGHT."

Liz Riley, Macon: I just don't expect things like that to happen here and I feel like he was safe over there at Am Star this area is pretty safe, but I guess though that kinda makes me think twice, because you never know when or where crazy people are goign to come out.

Mickey Waters, Byron: I mean I think that the theaters when you have midnight showings they need to increase the security and they have off duty officers, extra off-duty officers just for that.

Tina Latham, Lake Wildwood: Right now I probably wouldn't let my kids go to one for awhile because this will be on you for a while. I mean just thinking about what happened to the kids and the parents.

Tasha Redford, Macon: I am sure we all do but we still have to live our life, you know and leave it up to God, it's all in his hands.

TRAUMA PROGRAM DIRECTOR DEBRA KITCHENS SAYS LEVEL ONE CENTERS ARE USUALLY AFFILIATED WITH A MEDICAL SCHOOL ... INVOLVED IN RESEARCH AND HAVE CERTAIN SERVICES AVAILABLE 24-7

STATE SENATOR CECIL STATON SAYS GEORGIAN'S COULD USE MORE ACCESS TO CENTER LIKE THAT... AND HE'S WORKING TO MAKE THAT POSSIBLE.

WITH THE HELP OF COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK... EMERGENCY PERSONNEL NOW HAVE A TOOL TO CHECK WHICH HOSPITAL TO TAKE PATIENTS TO.

when the ems go out in to the field in these situations they at leas have a better knowledge of where they can take the patients so that they can get the care that they need. We still need to add access in other areas of the state particularly in southwest ga.

HE'S SAYS THEY'RE TRYING TO GET OTHER HOSPITALS ACROSS THE STATE TO JOIN THE TRAUMA NETWORK TO HELP INCREASE COVERAGE.

AND IN THESE KINDS OF CASES... COMMUNICATION IS VITAL FOR GETTING HELP TO VICTIMS...

MACON AND BIBB GOVERNMENTS ARE USING A PENNY SALES TAX TO UPGRADE THEIR PUBLIC SAFERY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM....AND HELP DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS TALK TO EACH OTHER DURING AN EMERGENCY.

EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER CANDACE ADORKA TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED.

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WELCOME TO HOME BASE FOR INTER AGENCY COMMUNICATIONS IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.

"If an officer talks to another officer or we got a crime scene going on, or we got a fire scene going on, all of that stuff is handled wirelessly from here."

 

 

 

THE PROBLEM... SAYS JOSEPH TAYLOR, THE CITY TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGER... IS THAT THIS EQUIPMENT IS ANCIENT... AND IT CRASHES ALL THE TIME.

"within the last year, couple times every other year but we generally get it back online within 30 minutes to an hour."

 

 

 

BUT IN AN EMERGENCY... PEOPLE CAN'T WAIT 30 MINUTES TO AN HOUR... SO PART OF 8-MILLION SPLOST DOLLARS WILL BUY A MORE RELIABLE SYSTEM.... LOCATED IN TWO DIFFERENT PLARTS OF THE CITY.

"What we're really excited about is the redundancy of the system. If this one goes down or loses power the other one will come on automatically and we have uninterrupted service among our first responders."

 

 

 

CITY SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE SAYS A COMMITTEE OF COUNTY AND CITY OFFICIALS SELECTED HARRIS COMMUNICATIONS TO PROVIDE THE SYSTEM... WHICH INCLUDES MULTI-BAND CAPABILITIES.

"The multi band radios will be able to be utilized to communicate with smaller cities that utilize vhf."

 

 

 

SO IN AN EMERGENCY... IT WILL BE EASIER FOR ALL AGENCIES TO COMMUNICATE REGARDLESS OF THEIR SYSTEMS.

TAYLOR SAYS THE NEW EQUIPMENT WILL BE A THIRD OF THE SIZE OF THE CURRENT EQUIMENT... WITHOUT ALL THE PESKY WIRES.

"that's less drain less power consumption and less chances for things to go wrong."

 

 

 

HE SAYS THE CURRENT SYSTEM THEY'VE WORKED TO UPDATE WILL HANDLE PUBLIC SERVICE CALLS... AND IT WILL BE A THIRD BACKUP.

CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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HERE AT THE AMSTAR 16... SHOWINGS CONTINUE AS SCHEDULED ALL DAY LONG.

WE'LL CHECK IN ON SOME OF THE EVENINGS SCREENINGS... AND HAVE MORE REPORTS FOR YOU AT ELEVEN.

LEAH?

WE DID CONTACT MANAGEMENT THERE AT THE THEATER TODAY... BUT THEIR MANAGER COULD NOT SPEAK TO US.

BUT...SOUTHERN THEATRES L-L-C....THE COMPANY THAT OWNS THE MACON THEATER....SENT US THIS STATEMENT.;

"OUR HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THE TERRIBLE EVENTS OVERNIGHT AT THE MOVIE THEATRE IN AURORA, COLORADO.

THIS EVENT REMINDS US TO BE EVER SO VIGILIANT IN ALL PLACES OF PUBLIC ASSEMBLY.

OUR STAFFS AT THE GRAND THEATRES AND AM STAR CINEMAS CONTINUE TO BE COMMMITTED TO GUEST SAFETY IN OUR LOCATIONS AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO PROVIDE FOR A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR GUESTS."

THANKS, FRANK...

TODAY... WE ASKED YOU IN OUR 13-W-M-A-Z WEB POLL... IF YOU FEEL SAFE IN PUBLIC PLACES.

45-PERCENT OF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES SO FAR.

55-PERCENT... RESPONDED WITH NO. YOU CAN CAST YOUR VOTE NOW.

YOU'LL FIND THAT WEB POLL ON OUR HOME PAGE...AT 13-W-M-A-Z-DOT-COM ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE.

THE HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER SAYS IT'S COOPERATING WITH A MULTI-STATE INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER A FORMER LAB TECHNICIAN..MAY HAVE SPREAD HEPATITIS C TO PATIENTS.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS THAT DAVID KWIATKOWSKI (QUIT'-OW'-SKI) WORKED AT HOSPITALS IN AT LEAST SIX STATES.

AND OFFICIALS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ACCUSED HIM OF INFECTING 30 PEOPLE...WITH THE DISEASE.

THEY SAY HE STOLE SYRINGES...USED THEM TO INJECT AN ANESTHETIC... AND THOSE SYRINGES WERE LATER USED ON PATIENTS.

A STATEMENT FROM HOUSTON HEALTH-CARE C-E-O CARY MARTIN SAYS (QUIT'-OW'-SKI) KWIATKOWSKI WAS A CONTRACT WORKER THERE FROM OCTOBER 2010...TO MARCH 2011.

THEY SAY HE WORKED IN THE CARDIAC CATH LAB....AND DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICATION.

HOUSTON MEDICAL SAYS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS TRYING TO IDENTIFY ANY PATIENTS FROM KWIATKOWSKI'S PAST HOSPITALS... WHO NEED TO BE CONTACTED.

THEY SAY...THEY'LL GET A CERTIFIED LETTER IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

THE HOSPITAL SAYS THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION...AND THEY WON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER COMMENT AT THIS TIME.

WELCOME BACK...SENATOR CECIL STATON AND HIS OPPONENT SPENCER PRICE... SAY ITS BEEN A BUMPY RIDE ALONG THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR THE DISTRICT 18 SEAT.

KATELYN HECK SPOKE WITH BOTH OF THEM... KATELYN WHAT DID THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE RACE?

BOTH AGREE ON MANY OF THE ISSUES FACING CENTRAL GEORGIA AND THE STATE... INCLUDING HEALTHCARE... JOBS... AND THE FUTURE OF ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.

BUT THEY DO NOT SEE EYE TO EYE WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CAMPAIGN TACTICS.

STATON HAS NOT HAD AN OPPONENT FOR THE PAST THREE ELECTIONS... WHY DID PRICE DECIDE TO JOIN THIS YEARS RACE?

PRICE TOLD ME AFTER SEVERAL YEARS IN THE MILITARY... AND WORKING AS AN EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR... HE WANTED TO CONTINUE SERVING... BUT NOW ON A POLITICAL PLATFORM.

HE TOLD ME HE DID NOT AGREE WITH THE INCUMBENT'S BEHAVIOR IN OFFICE...AND THAT HE'S DISTURBED BY REPORTS THAT STATON ALLEGEDLY SENT OUT ATTACK EMAILS UNDER A FALSE NAME...AND THAT STATON'S COMPANY OWES MORE THAN 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.

AND HE SAYS STATON HAS CONTINUED THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR... INTO THE RACE.

my opponent has been very scarce, very unavaliable, very dishonest in his campaign tactics in terms ofhis personal attacks on me, unethical, and simply not dependable. the voters of central georgia, the citizens of central georgia deserve better.

PRICE SAID HIS OPPONENT CROSSED THE LINE BY DIGGING UP HIS OLD TAX RECORDS AND CREATING FALSE FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS TO SPREAD INFORMATION ABOUT HIM.

HOW DID STATON RESPOND?

STATON DIDN'T RESPOND DIRECTLY TO THAT ACCUSATION ABOUT FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS. BUT HE DID SAY PRICE HAS ATTACKED HIM PERSONALLY... FROM THE START OF THE RACE.

when someone else is doing that, dont assume, given the fact that ive been here for eight years, ive invested eight years, and i have significant leadership within the state senate that we're not going to respond, especially when its someone throwing stones who lives in a pretty big glass house

HAVE STATON AND PRICE MET TO DISCUSS THESE ISSUES AND THEIR CAMPAIGNS?

PRICE SAYS HE HAS SEVERAL THINGS HE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WITH HIS OPPONENT... ESPECIALLY SURROUNDING THE RACE.

HE TOLD ME HE HAS TRIED TO CONTACT STATON SEVERAL TIMES TO ARRANGE A FORUM OR DEBATE... BUT NEVER RECEIVED AN ANSWER.

to me i would like to begin with asking him how he justifies to himself his campaign style, why he felt it was necessary to attack me personally through his minions

WHEN I BROUGHT THAT UP...STATON SAID...THAT ISNT TRUE.

 

 

WE WANT TO REMIND YOU TO STAY WITH 13-W-M-A-Z AND 13-W-M-A-Z-DOT-COM FOR CONTINUING LOCAL REACTION TO THE COLORADO SHOOTING.

YOU CAN FIND UPDATES BY GOING TO OUR HOMEPAGE... AND SCROLLING DOWN TO THE CHECK-IT-OUT BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE.

AND... OF COURSE.. THE C-B-S EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY BRINGS YOU THE VERY LATEST... STARTING IN JUST A MOMENT.

GOODNIGHT, EVERYONE.

WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE AT ELEVEN.

 

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