Twenty-four critically-wounded patients are found in three locations right next to the Century 16 theater. Almost all of them are unable to walk out on their own.
Some of the most seriously wounded are found near the emergency exit to theater nine which is behind the building. This is where police waited for ambulances.
The Aurora Fire Department's internal report suggests shortly after Engine No. 8 arrived, the only two entrances to Century 16 became blocked with additional police vehicles. After this point, vehicles responding to the scene had to bypass the entrances and hop a number of curbs and medians.
This is the primary spot where police officers jumped the curb in order to take patients away from the scene. With the parking lots growing increasingly full with emergency responders and evacuees from the theater, police officers use this narrow stretch of grass to get onto Sable Boulevard.
Paramedic Engine No. 8 is the first Aurora Fire Department vehicle to make it to the scene. It arrives at 12:45 a.m. - only seven minutes after the initial 911 call. The Aurora Fire Department says the engine had to stop short of the building because of a packed parking lot and the presence of "walking wounded."
Acting on the request of the Aurora Police Department, Aurora Fire quickly sets up to primary locations in order to have gathering point for responding ambulances and additional fire personnel. Both locations have limited line of sight to the areas where the critically injured are.