For Adan Avila and his wife Jennifer, midnight movie premieres were never a norm, until a few months ago when the two first went to watch “The Avengers” on opening night.
“It was kinda fun,” said Avila. So when a friend asked them to come along last Friday night to watch the new Batman flick, “The Dark Knight Rises,” the Avilas were excited.
They arrived at the theater only an hour before showtime, which automatically placed them in the front row of the auditorium. What happened next can only be described as a scene straight out of a scary movie.
Twenty-four year old James Holmes, dressed as if he were going into battle, entered the auditorium and began shooting at the crowd, approximately ten minutes after the movie had begun, Avila told NBC News.
Avila said the minute he realized the shooting was real and not part of an act or a prank, he immediately threw himself over his wife to shield her from the bullets and told her to play dead.
“I was just praying to God, I was asking him to keep me alive, to keep my wife alive and he did, you know? My wife is unharmed.”