San Antonio woman killed in Colorado shooting


by staff


Posted on July 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 6:15 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A San Antonio woman is among the victims killed and her long-time friend from Bulverde was injured in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early Friday morning, family members confirm.

Jessica Ghawi, 24, was anxiously tweeting about the Batman movie premiere on Thursday, saying "Never thought I'd have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with me."

Her last tweet was simply: "MOVIE DOESN'T START FOR 20 MINUTES."

According to a recent blog post by Ghawi, she survived the shooting at Toronto's Eaton Center last month. She says she left the food court with her food around 6:20 p.m., before gunshots rang out in that same area at 6:23 p.m.

Ghawi is among 12 people killed and dozen more injured while attending "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere at a Denver-area movie theater, family members have confirmed.

Colorado police had originally reported 14 people were killed in shooting, but revised the death toll to 12 later Friday morning.

Ghawi was attending the premiere with long-time friend and ex-boyfriend Brent Lowak, of Bulverde, who was in Denver visiting. Lowak's father told KVUE's sister station, KENS 5, that his son was shot once in the left buttocks while crawling away from the gunfire.

Lowak's father told KENS 5 that his son underwent surgery Friday morning to have the bullet removed and shrapnel removed from his shoulder. He said Lowak is expected to survive, but that doctors were having trouble stopping the bleeding and are concerned about permanent damage.

Lowak is a graduate of Smithson Valley High School.

The gunman, identified as James Holmes, 24, is in custody. Police said he stood at the front of the theater and fired into the crowd about 1:30 a.m. CDT.

A law enforcement source told Orr that Holmes' residence was "booby-trapped," and that police saw what looked like "buckets of extra ammunition" and some kind of chemical inside his home.

KVUE's sister station in Houston, KHOU, is reporting a Houston-area woman was also among the wounded. The victim's sister told KHOU she was still at an Aurora hospital waiting to have a bullet removed from the calf.

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