In the panic and chaos of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, a man earned instant infamy as he left his wounded fiancÃ©e and children in the theater and drove off without them.
It all started when father Jamie Rohrs says they arrived a little late and originally planned to sit where James Eagan Holmes entered. Instead, they opted for a second floor balcony. When the shooting started, Rohrs said he was holding his infant, Ethan, and started running and dodging other panicked theater goers. He originally thought about playing dead by lying on the ground with his baby, but little Ethan was crying and Rohrs told ABC News, “He’s crying and they’re going to come get me.”
Rohrs believed that there was more than one shooter at first, which is quite understandable. Holmes used .233 semiautomatic rifle, two 40 caliber Glocks, and a Remington 870 shotgun in the mass attack. All four guns were purchased legally at Bass Pro Shop Gander Mountain, both national chain sporting goods stores.
Rohrs said he became disoriented after putting his baby down and after running around the theater, couldn’t find his child again. Instead of going back and looking for him, the man continued to run outside. He didn’t stop there, though. In his highly panicked stated, he hopped in his car and drove off.
Meanwhile, his fiancÃ©e Patricia Legarreta had a shrapnel injury from her thigh to her ankle. She was lying on the floor when she saw her baby. She picked him up, grabbed her daughter, Azeria’s hand, and ran as fast as she could out of the theater. 4-year-old Azeria had been asleep when the shooting started.
Rohrs apparently felt remorse and a bit of self-loathing when he realized he was alone in the car and Legarreta called him from someone else’s phone to find out where he was. He turned back, reuniting with his family before all were taken to the hospital and later released.
For Rohrs to go public and tell the world that he essentially abandoned his family in a deadly theater shooting shows surprising lack of self-awareness and accountability. Sure, he felt bad about leaving his fiancÃ©e and children to fend for themselves, but what kind of parent thinks of himself before thinking of his child? What kind of a man pulls a George Costanza by running away instead of making sure his family is safe?
What do you think? Is Jamie Rohrs a coward for leaving his family at the theater?
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