Columbine survivor discusses Colorado theater shooting

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by JOHN McCAA

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Posted on July 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 20 at 10:29 PM

Twelve years ago, 12 miles from the movie theater where Friday's attack occurred, the Columbine High School shooting took place. One teacher and 12 students died that day in April 1999.

There were several bizarre similarities between the two attacks -- the gunmen in each wore black, people first thought it a prank,  they planned to use explosives and they committed their act on the 20th day of the month.

Columbine survivor Craig Scott told News 8 via Skype Friday he’s never forgotten the face of the gunman looking at him.

“The amount of fear that grips your heart when you think that you might die,” he said, “it's just unexplainable and I know that it's just terror.”

Craig’s sister, Rachel Scott, was the first to die at Columbine. Following her death, the Scott family started the group Rachel’s Challenge to help young people cope with violence and work on positive change in society.

Craig Scott said the theater shooting victims could experience bouts of anger and occasional memory lapses in the future, but they can really make progress by helping each other.

“I know that the people that were in that room are going to have a special bond, and I hope that nothing can tear that away from them," Scott said. "That they can actually be there for each other, even though they are strangers... They're not strangers anymore.”

Rachel’s Challenge stands ready to offer any help in it can to the survivors of the theater shooting.

Belo Corp, which owns WFAA/Channel 8 has worked with Rachel’s Challenge in the past to help young people identify acts of kindness in helping others.

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