Victims, families struggle with emotions toward Colorado theater gunman

Jason Sickles

AURORA, Colo.--Denver shooting victim Marcus Weaver wants to show mercy to the man who put two shotgun pellets in his right shoulder, but admits it's a struggle.

"I'm a man of faith, but it gets tried in times like this," Weaver told Yahoo News. "I'm not saying I'm forgiving him today, I'm not saying I'm not mad, but at some point I'm going to have to let it go."

Weaver, 41, was one of 70 people killed or injured by alleged gunman James Holmes in a suburban Denver movie theater. Twelve of the victims died. Two remained in critical condition Saturday morning.

"It was just senseless," said Weaver, still clutching the bloody T-shirt he was wearing when shot.

Weaver was with friends in the fifth row of the dark theater. They were about 15 minutes into the action-packed Batman "The Dark Knight Rises" when Holmes came in a side exit door carrying three guns, including a military-style rifle capable of shooting 50 to 60 rounds per minute.

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The gunman was clad head-to-toe in black riot gear, the kind used to protect SWAT officers. Weaver said he never saw the assailant's face, just his dark silhouette lit up by the flashes of gunfire.

"You could hear little kids screaming, people crying," Weaver said, recalling the wide spray of bullets. "He would shoot all the way across. He would shoot people trying to exit."

Weaver said his heart breaks recalling the chaos outside the cinema.

"There was a girl from my old church who was giving CPR to another 13-year-old girl," he said.

The names of the deceased were starting to be known Saturday morning. Jenny Zakovich says her niece, Micayla Medek, was among the 12 killed.

"She's just a great kid," a tearful Zakovich told CNN. "She was just working at a Subway, trying to find her way."

Like Weaver, Zakovich is trying her best to show mercy in the face of the massacre. She had a message for the gunman's family.

"I can't imagine what they are going through at this time," she told CNN. "Just let them know we don't blame them for his actions. My heart goes out to the mom and dad of that family, too."

Weaver told Yahoo News that Holmes will "get what he's due."

"We might be wounded right now, like my shoulder, but things heal in time," he said. "I know that vengeance is the Lord's and whatever punishment he will get through the judicial system, will be probably just."