Dr. James Thurman’s daughter, Lindsay, made her way to midnight showings of movies whenever she could with her friends.
But she was even more excited to see “The Dark Knight Rises” at midnight Friday, because her sister, Shelly, had been an extra in the film.
When she left a full hospital in Aurora, Colo., at about 8 p.m., she couldn’t make it to the midnight show. She went home to sleep before an early shift as a physician at the University of Colorado at Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus.
“When she left last night [July 19], the hospital was already full and when she came back this morning she said it was packed,” James Thurman said.
The campus is the main trauma center for the University of Colorado at Denver and it was where many of the wounded were transported after a gunman, now identified as 24-year-old James Holmes started shooting in a theater full of people. According to the latest news reports, 12 people were killed in the shooting and 59 were injured after Holmes allegedly opened fire in a theater filled with Aurora residents watching the newest movie in the Batman series.
When James Thurman, a dentist in Glasgow, heard the news Friday morning, he immediately contacted his daughter to make sure she was okay. She sent text messages throughout the day updating her father about the events.
“She just sent me a photo from her view at the hospital that says ‘ … in the middle of the photo is the police at the shooter’s apartment,’” Thurman said.
James Thurman was as excited as Lindsay to see the film with family and if they could spot Shelly among the stars of the film in a dungeon scene. Shelly is a musician and actor who lives in London. She was called by casting representatives for the film, who picked her from a list of potential extras while shooting in London.
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