President Obama comforts victims of Colorado tragedy




Posted on July 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 22 at 11:20 PM

AURORA, Colorado -- President Barack Obama made a brief statement Sunday evening after meeting with people who were wounded in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting and also with the loved ones of the 12 who were killed.

"I had a chance to visit with each family, and most of the conversation was filled with memory," the president said. "What will be remembered will be the good people who were affected by this tragedy."

The president said he had just visited with two best friends named Ali Young and Stephanie Davis who were in the audience when the gunman opened fire.

"Ali stood up, saying that she might need to do something or at least warn the other people who were there, and she was shot in the neck and it punctured a vein," Obama said. "Immediately, she started spurting blood."

The president said Stephanie, 21, pulled her wounded 19-year-old friend out of the aisle, placed her fingers over the wound and applied pressure while the gunman was still shooting, even though Ali told Stephanie she needed to run.

Stephanie used her other hand to call 911 for help, but realized that she needed to act quickly.

"Stephanie -- with the help of others -- carried Ali across two parking lots where an ambulance was waiting," Obama said. "Because of Stephanie's timely actions, I had a conversation with Ali downstairs, and she is going to be fine."

The president said he heard a number of "remarkable" stories during his brief visit.

"They represent what's best in us, and they assure us that out of this darkness, a brighter day's going to come," he said.