Pentagon: At least 3 servicemembers wounded in Colorado shooting
By LEO SHANE III | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 20, 2012
WASHINGTON — At least three servicemembers were injured and one is unaccounted for in the Colorado movie theater shooting Friday, but Defense Department officials said they are still determining if others may have been wounded.
In a statement, Pentagon officials said one sailor and two airmen were injured, but did not give the extent of their wounds. Officials are unsure of the whereabouts of another sailor “known to have been at the theatre that evening.”
“The Navy and the Air Force are working with the families of these service members to ensure they have the care and attention they need,” the statement said.
In response to the shooting, officials at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., activated an emergency family assistance control center and several base counselors.
Col. Daniel Dant, commander of the 460th Space Wing, said that officials were coordinating with local authorities to determine how many base families may have been affected and how they could assist in the investigation.
“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this horrific tragedy,” he said in a statement. “We have services available for all military that were involved and their families.”
Local police officials said 12 people were killed and 59 others wounded.
Pentagon officials also issued a statement that the alleged gunman in custody, James Holmes, has no prior military service.