At least 2 with NY ties wounded in Colo. shooting
NEW YORK—A New York City musician and a recent graduate of Syracuse University were among those shot, wounded and recovering Friday as a gunman stormed through a Colorado movie theater, their relatives and associates said.
Christopher Rapoza was shot the morning before his band was to play a show at a noted Manhattan club. Stephen Barton was wounded while on a post-graduation cross-country bicycling trip.
Rapoza plays bass in The Toothaches, a New York-based dance-punk band. He was on a trip to Colorado but set to return for the band's headlining spot Friday at The Bitter End, a Greenwich Village venue that dates to 1961.
The club's weekend booking manager, Pete Fogel, said he awoke Friday to a startling message from the band' s manager: The bass player had been shot amid the massacre at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in Aurora, Colo.
The band said on its Facebook page later Friday that Rapoza had "a super close call but is totally OK." Efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Barton, 22, gave the student address at his May graduation from Syracuse University, then headed off on a cross-country cycling trip with a friend from his days at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Conn., according to The Post-Standard of Syracuse. They found themselves in the Denver area Friday and decided to catch "The Dark Knight Rises" on its opening day -- Barton even tweeted a photo of his hand holding his ticket to the movie.
Then 24-year-old gunman James Holmes threw gas canisters that filled the theater with smoke and stalked through it firing a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, police said. At least 12 people were killed and 58 wounded.
Shotgun pellets hit Barton in the neck and chest, his brother, David Barton, told the newspaper.
Stephen Barton had surgery to remove the pellets and was "in high spirits" afterward, his brother said. "He's feeling great."
An international relations, economics and Russian language major, Stephen Barton plans to teach English in Russia this fall, his college academic adviser, Francine D'Amico, told The Post-Standard.