Brent Lowak of Bulverde, Texas, went to the movie with his friend Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist who recently moved from Texas to Colorado. Lowak, 27, and Ghawi, 24, were sitting in the sixth or seventh row when Lowak heard the hiss of gas from the canisters, his mother, Sue Greene, said Sunday.
Lowak and Ghawi ducked when they heard the sound, and Ghawi screamed as a bullet pierced her leg, Greene said.
Lowak — who has been studying to become an EMT — applied pressure to her wound as she screamed. Then she stopped and Lowak realized she had been shot again, and she was soon dead.
"Only then did he leave her," Greene said in an interview at Children's Hospital Colorado, where her son is listed in serious condition. "They were best friends," she said.
Lowak realized he too had been shot and couldn't walk. He crawled away and managed to find his way to a van taking victims to the hospital.
He took a few steps on Sunday, his first since the shooting, but Greene said she doesn't think he will be well enough to attend a memorial for Ghawi.
"He wants so badly to be well enough to be at her memorial service," Greene said.
Lets raise money to pay his medical bills. He has enough to worry about!
Friend of Brent Lowak and Jessica Ghawi