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Cross-country cyclist recovering after theater shooting

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-21 17:10:42-04

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) - From his hospital bed at the Medical Center of Aurora, Stephen Barton describes what happened at the movie theater and how he was shot in the neck. 

The 22-year-old from Connecticut is biking across the country and had rolled into town just in time to hit the movie theater. He says he saw a canister fly across the screen and saw a few flashes, but initially thought it was a prank.  Then he was shot, and realized what was happening. 

“People started screaming and there was a lot of chaos, and I ducked down,” Barton said. 

When the shooting stopped, Stephen ran outside.  He found a police officer who drove him to the hospital. 

Barton underwent surgery, and is doing better.  His parents flew to Colorado to be with him

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