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Marin County Teens Escape Colorado Movie Theater Shooting

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A girl leaves flowers at a memorial near theater where 12 people were killed July 20, 2012 in Aurora. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

A girl leaves flowers at a memorial near theater where 12 people were killed July 20, 2012 in Aurora. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

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SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Two Marin County teens who had a very close call with the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater Friday morning described a chaotic scene.

Linnea and Melia Schurig, 16 and 19, were in Aurora with their mother, Melanie Haiken over the weekend attending Friends: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter.

The sisters were at the midnight screening of  ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ when the gunfire began in the next theater over. At least one of the bullets went through the walls and injured one person in their party.

“There was speculation that it was terrorists, there was a lot of confusion, my girls, our group of 12 kids was convinced there were two shooters because, it frankly never occurred to any of us that the bullets were coming through the walls,” said one of the girls.

The girls ran out of the theater with their wounded group member and hid in the parking lot.

“He actually started waving the paramedics by and telling them to treat the more injured victims… so he waited for a while for an ambulance.” said Haiken.

Haiken said despite the tragedy they wouldn’t let the shooter ruin the trip.

“We’re not going to give him the power to take that away from us. So, we’re renting a car tomorrow and driving up into the Rockies for a few days, and we’re going to enjoy Colorado and then we’re going to fly home.”

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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