A shooting victim’s wife goes into labor

Mourners embraced near the memorial created where 12 people where killed July 13 in movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
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Mourners embraced near the memorial created where 12 people where killed July 13 in movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

DENVER — It was a time that Katie and Caleb Medley had been looking forward to for months.

Caleb, a 23-year-old aspiring comic, made it to the second round of a comedy contest at a Denver club. Katie, 21, was scheduled to deliver their first baby, a boy already named Hugo, on Monday.

So they set up their last date before becoming parents, a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.


A gunman’s deadly rampage at the showing left Caleb with a gunshot wound to his head. Katie was unhurt.

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Now, as Caleb lay in critical condition at University of Colorado Hospital, Katie was delivering their son.

She changed the delivery location so she could be close to him. Friend Michael West said the baby hadn’t arrived as of Monday evening.

Katie Medley’s father, David Sanchez, said his daughter and son-in-law had been waiting for a year to watch the premiere of ‘‘The Dark Knight Rises.’’

While his daughter was delivering her baby, Sanchez went to the courthouse in suburban Denver where shooting suspect James Holmes was making his first court appearance.


Sanchez arrived too late to get a seat and to see Holmes. ‘‘When it’s your own daughter and she escaped death by mere seconds, I want to say it makes you angry,’’ he said outside court.

Sanchez told the Denver Post that doctors aren’t sure if Caleb Medley will be able to see his baby right away because of concerns about infections.

Friends have set up a website to raise money and seek prayers for the couple, who don’t have health insurance. So far, they’ve raised about $15,000.

Colorado hospital officials said Monday that two more survivors of the mass shooting have been released and another is improving.

University of Colorado Hospital said one of its patients from the Friday shooting in Aurora has been discharged. Nine patients remain there, including five in critical condition.


The Medical Center of Aurora discharged another patient. It still has five patients, with two in critical condition.

Children’s Hospital Colorado has upgraded one adult patient from fair to good condition. Another adult remains in serious condition.

Authorities said most of the 58 people injured in the theater attack sustained gunshot wounds, while others were injured in the rush to leave the theater.

Officials at the University of Colorado Denver refused to release any significant details Monday on their yearlong association with Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student at the university’s Anschutz Medical Campus.

University officials said law enforcement officials had asked them refrain from talking about the case. University officials also have cited privacy laws in not releasing details of Holmes’ academic record.

The school’s silence has heightened the mystery surrounding Holmes, whom friends and acquaintances in his native California described as smart and reserved.

Many family members and friends of those killed or injured in the attack were at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Monday to witness Holmes’s first court appearance.

Nineteen-year-old Marqece Phillips, a friend of shooting victim A.J. Boik, came to court hoping to get a seat to watch Holmes’s appearance. Phillips was watching the Batman sequel on a nearby screen the night of the shooting and rushed to the rampage site before the alleged gunman left.