An 18-year-old man who was shot in the head, leg, arm and chest told friends he felt as if he’d been “punched in the head” and his “arm … blown off” after he was hit by gunfire in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater Friday morning.
Louis Duran, 18, was released from the hospital and is recovering at home, said his high school friend Jahlil Hall.
Hall visited Duran this morning and said his friend knew he was “lucky to be alive.”
Duran skipped the usual Thursday basketball game he plays with Hall and friends, and instead attended the midnight screening of “The Dark Night Rises” with two high school friends, Hall said.
He was sitting toward the front of the theater when he was hit by a spray of bullets unleashed by alleged gunman James Holmes.
“He said it felt like getting punched in the head and it was really hot,” Hall said. “Then he felt like his arm had been blown off. He ran over to the stairs and some random guy helped him out of the theater.”
One friend was grazed by a bullet, while another is in the intensive care unit at University Medical of Aurora, Hall said.
Once outside, Duran took off his shirt and wrapped it around his head in order to apply pressure to his wounds, Hall said.
“He was on the phone with his mom and just in complete shock,” he said.
Duran was transported to the Medical Center of Aurora, where he was treated and released.
“There are a ton of pellets still in him,” Hall said. “He’s lucky to be alive, definitely.”