The Colorado theater shooter may have taken a dozen lives and injured dozens more in his rampage but he wasn’t able to claim the life of one person — an unborn child just days away from birth. However, the father is in serious medical condition and needs support.
According to an AP report, a pregnant woman who escaped the deadly shooting uninjured delivered her baby today as her wounded husband remains in critical condition in the hospital. Today, 21-year-old Katie Medley gave birth but her husband, 23-year-old Caleb Medley, was shot in the head and remains hospitalized.
“While his daughter was in labor, the angry Sanchez waited outside the courthouse where shooting suspect James Holmes made his first court appearance. He said his daughter escaped death by mere seconds,” AP reported. “Sanchez said his daughter and son-in-law have been waiting for a year to watch the premiere of the Batman movie.”
The Denver Post has more on the story:
Sanchez, 53, traveled to the Arapahoe County Justice Center outside of Centennial in hopes of getting a glimpse of the man who authorities say put his 23-year-old son-in-law, Caleb Medley, in a coma with a gunshot wound to the right side of his head.
“He is in stable but critical condition and they are monitoring his condition,” Sanchez said outside the courthouse to a large scrum of reporters who were seizing on anything to report after the 12-minute court hearing.
Sanchez said he had come to the courthouse as a representative for Caleb and Katie.
“It is important to support my daughter and her husband and their newborn baby,” he said.
His daughter has been avoiding any media after the shooting, concentrating on her pending birth of their son that they have already named “Hugo,” and her husband’s state.
Supporters of the family have set up a web site to help the new father.
“As it is with most young people, Caleb and Katie had hopes and dreams. In the 8th grade Caleb had decided to be a stand up comedian. Katie wanted to work in veterinary medicine, so they moved to Aurora Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Caleb got a job with the hopes of joining the thriving Denver comedy scene. Katie started going to veterinary school,” the web site says. “Then Katie became pregnant. It was unexpected, but it was something they eventually wanted, so they were happy for the blessing bestowed upon them. They even found out that they were having a boy and they decided to name him Hugo.”
“Evil came to them through a man that opened fire in that theater. Many people were killed, even more were injured. Katie and Baby Hugo made it uninjured, but Caleb was struck in the face by the gun fire,” it continues. “Now Caleb is in the hospital. He has lost his right eye, has some brain damage and doctors have put him in a medically induced coma.”
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“Caleb, Katie and Baby Hugo need your help. They need your prayers and good thoughts but unfortunately, they will also need financial assistance. These are hard times for everyone, but if you are here you; are here because you are interested in what happened to Caleb. You are here because you have a good heart,” the support page added.