Colorado Shooting Victim Narrowly Missed Toronto Shooting
The tragic July 20 shooting at a showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado has left 12 dead and wounded 50 more.
One of the 12 victims killed was hockey blogger Jessica Ghawi, known professionally as Jessica Redfield, who found herself in the middle of this shooting just shortly after missing another shooting incident.
Redfield was shopping in Toronto at the Eaton Centre on June 2nd.
She had finished a purchase at 6:20 and was planning to go through the food court to continue her shopping, but she felt an odd sense of panic and went outside to get some fresh air instead.
The shooting in the mall started at 6:23. If Redfield had not left the building, she would have been right in the middle of the gunfire.
Redfield’s last blog entry, on June 2, details her account of the Toronto shooting.
The aspiring newscaster wrote:
“I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm’s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.”
Redfield’s brother, Jordan Ghawi, has in turn posted on his own personal blog about the Colorado tragedy.
He received a phone call from his mother shortly after 2:00 a.m., telling him that his sister had been shot.
His most recent blog entry stated that he was on his was to Colorado from San Antonio to fulfill whatever duties he needed to as next of kin.
At approximately 0215 CST, I received an hysterical, and almost unintelligible, phone call from my mother stating that my sister, Jessica Ghawi, had been shot while attending the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Denver, CO. I was able to contact the man that was with my sister, mutual friend Brent, who stated that they were in the theatre when an incendiary device was fired into the crowd and that shots rang out immediately afterwards. Brent further stated that he took two rounds and that my sister took one round followed by an additional round which appeared to strike her in the head. At this time, I do not have confirmation that she is alive or dead. Brent has been transported with non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital. I am on the next flight out of San Antonio to Denver and have already contact Aurora PD, operating jurisdiction, as next of kin.