Filipino-American shooting victim still critical

Colorado Rockies player visits Filipino-American shooting victim

By Bert Eljera

A 17- year-old Filipino-American victim of the Colorado shooting is still in the hospital 10 days after the incident that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.

Ryan Lumba remains in intensive care at the University of Colorado hospital in Aurora, Col. following two surgeries to remove bullet slugs in his stomach, according to a Filipino television crew that visited him.

ABS-CBN‘s Balitang America reported that Lumba, who also suffers from repeated panic attacks, is one of four critically injured victims at the hospital.

Several major league baseball players visited Lumba and other shooting victims during the television crew’s visit, Balitang America reported.

First baseman Todd Helton even signed a few autographs while he was there and posed for a picture with Lumba.

Twelve people died and 58 others, among them Lumba, were wounded when gunman, James Holmes, opened fire inside a packed movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Col. on July 20.

On Monday, July 30, Holmes was formally charged during his arraignment at district court.

The Denver Post reported that Holmes was charged with 142 counts, including 24 counts of first-degree murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, one count of possession of an explosive device and one count of a sentence enhancer for a crime of violence.

The maximum punishment is death, while the minimum is life in prison without parole.

According to the Colorado Rockies,  other Rockies who visited the shotting victims were Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers, Mike Ekstrom, Christian Friedrich, Todd Helton, Adam Ottavino, Jordan Pacheco, Drew Pomeranz, Josh Roenicke, Josh Rutledge and Eric Young Jr.

“It was pretty eye-opening,” Belisle said. “You hear about it, and then you go see the wounds. The areas where these people took these hits. Each family we were able to talk to, that’s where it really hit home. It was sad. Sad that that stuff’s out there. It teaches you humility and perspective. I was glad to be there for them. It meant a lot that they were fans of us and wanted us to come. It was a good day.”

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