Two Aurora theater shooting victims remain hospitalized

As patients are released, long road to recovery awaits for some victims

AURORA | Almost a month after 12 people were killed and 58 injured in a shooting at the Century Aurora 16 theater, just two victims remain hospitalized.

At University of Colorado Hospital, where 23 people were treated following the July 20 shootings,  one patient remains, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Caleb Medley, who was in theater No. 9 during the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” was wounded in the shooting. He remains in critical but stable condition at UCH.

Medley’s father said over the weekend that Medley has been in a medically-induced coma for several weeks, but was making progress, according to the Canon City Daily Record.

Medley’s wife gave birth to the couple’s son a few days after the shooting.

At the Medical Center of Aurora, which treated 18 patients,  one victim remains hospitalized.

Hospital spokeswoman Tracy Weise declined to release the victims name this week, but said the patient remains in serious condition.

Hospital spokeswoman Emily Crowley said in an email Aug. 14 that all but three of the patients TMCA treated were released by July 29.

One of the remaining patients was released Aug. 9 and the other Aug. 13, Crowley said.

Josh Nowlan, who was wounded in the shooting, was one of those patients released this month.

In a statement his family issued through the hospital, Nowlan thanked the community for their support and asked for privacy.

“At this time I respectfully request that you allow my family and friends some much needed privacy. Although I am leaving the hospital, my family, friends and I still have important healing ahead of us and would like to do this privately,” he said.

Nowlan’s friend,  Brandon Axelrod told the media in the days after the shooting that he, his wife and Nowlan went to the movie together that night.

Nowlan, who has two sons, was shot and had to undergo surgery on his arm and leg, Axelrod said.

Axelrod said the three piled on each other during the shooting and that Nowlan’s actions likely helped save his wife’s life.

The two hospitals are both a short drive from the theater and received the bulk of the victims following the shootings. Several other area hospitals, including Children’s Hospital Colorado and Swedish Medical Center in Englewood also treated patients wounded in the Aurora massacre, but those patients have all since been released.