Child born; dad fights for life

Katie Medley holds her newborn baby boy yesterday in the same hospital where her husband is in a coma.

AURORA — A 21-year-old woman who escaped injury in the Colorado theatre shooting rampage gave birth to a baby boy yesterday while her husband was in the same hospital in a medically induced coma with a gunshot wound to the head.

Katie Medley and her husband, Caleb, both wearing Batman apparel, were at a showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora when a gunman clad in tactical body armor, helmet and gas mask opened fire during a midnight showing early on Friday. Twelve people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed and 58 wounded.

Twenty people remained hospitalised yesterday. Seven were in critical condition and two in serious condition.

James Eagan Holmes, 24, was arrested behind the theatre shortly after the massacre and was in court for the first time on Monday, appearing dazed and sleepy. At the hearing, the judge set a date of next Monday for formal charges to be filed.

The judge ruled that no cameras would be allowed in the courtroom when Holmes is charged. Holmes’ initial appearance on Monday was televised.

The shooting rampage has renewed debate in the United States about gun control. At the same time, Colorado authorities said yesterday that applications in the state for background checks to purchase firearms surged in the aftermath of the shooting.

Caleb Medley, a 23-year-old aspiring comedian, was listed in critical condition at University of Colorado Denver Hospital. A website set up to raise money for his care because the Medleys have no health insurance, www.calebmedley.com/help, said he had lost his right eye, suffered brain damage and was in a medically induced coma.

Katie Medley gave birth in the same hospital where her husband was being treated. (Reuters)

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