Lone survivor of mass shooting 18 years ago tells what life is like now
The lone survivor of the 1993 Chuck E. Cheese shootings said those who made it out of the Aurora movie theater should have hope for the future but also expect lots of bumps in the road ahead.
Bobby Stephens, now a landscaper in Colorado Springs, had an immediate reaction when he learned of the theater shootings.
“It did hit me, to be honest with you,” Stephens said Friday. “I was angry. That’s probably the main emotion I still have towards Mr. Dunlap.”
Nathan Dunlap is on Colorado’s Death Row for the December 13, 1993 massacre which claimed four lives, also in Aurora.
Stephens was shot in the jaw while working in the kitchen of the pizza parlor. He’s had major dental work and still flinches when he hears balloons pop. He said his experience has stayed with him to this day.
“Running through an area and seeing bodies and everything else those are images you’ll never lose,” he said. “Those will stay with you no matter what.”
Stephens said survivors of the July 20 shootings should expect to feel confusion, then anger and guilt in the months and years ahead. He advised them to seek counseling, lean on family and friends and stay as busy as possible.
“You will grow from this piece, you will learn from this piece and it will it some way enhance your life,” he said.
Story by Hendrik Sybrandy