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Survivor thought 'This will be the end of my life'
Shooting survivor didn't know extent of wounds until seeing shock of those staring at him
By The Associated Press

AURORA, Colo. (AP) Stephen Barton says he was bloodied from gunshot wounds as he staggered away from the hellish chaos inside a Colorado movie theater, but he didn't realize how badly he was hurt until he saw the shock in the faces of people who looked at him.

The 22-year-old from South Berry, Conn., and two friends were in the packed suburban Denver theater when a gunman opened fire just after midnight Friday. Twelve died and 58 were injured.

Speaking from his Aurora hospital bed Sunday, Barton said the shooting eventually stopped but the victims were still screaming. He remembers thinking, "This was the end for me, this will be the end of my life."

One of his friends was also injured but her condition wasn't immediately known. His other friend escaped unharmed.

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