Posted By: Ashley Harding
The Aurora theater shooting was nearly 3 months ago. A Concordia College student was there when it happened.
Andrew Bowers is an Aurora native. He says he, his girlfriend, and some friends were out for a fun night. He says they were seated just 20 feet from the shooter. Miraculously, they all made it out unhurt.
For millions of people across the country, July 20, 2012, marks a day of senseless violence and tragedy. But for Andrew Bowers, that nightmare is all too real. Bowers takes us back to that night when James Holmes is accused of walking into a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises".
"He threw something over our heads. It was making a hissing noise, looked like something was coming out of it. At the time, we didn't know what it was," Bowers said.
The next thing he knew Holmes started shooting.
"I turned to cover up my girlfriend as much as possible. We were in the third row from him. So were 20 feet away."
In total, twelve people were dead and 58 injured before Holmes was taken into police custody. Bowers and his friends were some of the lucky ones... All made it out safely.
"We definitely, as we got in the car, we realized just how much we loved each other."
In the weeks after the shooting, Bowers says he had trouble sleeping. And loud sounds made him jump. He also says even though he feels some anger toward the shooter, he wishes him well.
"I just want to pray for him and his family. There's definitely something that's not right with him. I think he needs God's love more than anyone, probably."
Bowers is now back at Concordia University where he's a sophomore and plays on the basketball team. He says he's glad to be back and feels much safer. He credits his family, friends, and faith for helping him move forward.