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Aurora theater shooting victims ponder chance's role in their survival

7:55 PM, Jan 13, 2013   |    comments
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They found 76 used casings – fired from three guns. They found 224 live rounds. Outside, they found unused magazines that fell from the suspect's pockets as he was being searched.

And in a hallway leading to the theater lobby, they found the reason why, perhaps, the shooter fired fewer than a quarter of the bullets he had: a jammed 100-round rifle magazine.

"Had Holmes' high-capacity magazine not jammed, I don't even know that I'd be alive," said Stephen Barton, who was in the crowded theater where James Holmes allegedly opened fire and killed 12 people. "And I think a lot of other people would be dead too."

Long-withheld details of the attack at the Century Aurora 16 theater that came pouring out at Holmes' preliminary hearing last week underscored just how random the tragedy was – life or death decided by little more than time and place.

Read more of the story by Jessica Fender and John Ingold in the Denver Post.

(Copyright 2013 The Denver Post)

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