Crystal Lake Family Can't Reach Son Who Was Inside Colorado Theater

“We have literally have been calling for 15 hours,” said the father of the missing son.

Saturday, Jul 21, 2012  |  Updated 7:13 AM CDT
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A man originally from Crystal Lake was in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater when a gunman burst in Friday morning, and his family has not been able to reach him since. NBC 5 Rob Elgas reports from Crystal Lake.

A man originally from Crystal Lake was in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater when a gunman burst in Friday morning, and his family has not been able to reach him since. NBC 5 Rob Elgas reports from Crystal Lake.

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A man originally from Crystal Lake was in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater when a gunman burst in Friday morning — and his family has not been able to reach him since.

Scott Larimer knows for certain that his son, John Thomas Larimer, was inside the theater during the rampage, but Friday afternoon, he couldn’t say whether John Larimer was “alive or dead.”

“We have literally have been calling for 15 hours,” said Scott Larimer, who lives in Crystal Lake, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

“We cannot get any help from the military, the police, the hospitals, the Red Cross. ... We cannot get a single answer if he is alive or dead. ... We are more than frantic.”

John Larimer is in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in Aurora, Colo. He was attending the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” Cameron Croft, John Larimer’s brother-in-law, told the Aurora Beacon News.

Larimer was “apparently knocked unconscious,” and the woman he was with — unable to pull him out — ran out of the theater by herself, Croft said.

Investigators say the gunman, wearing a gas mask and black SWAT gear, opened fire inside the crowded movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding 59 others.

“I know for a fact that he was in the theater,” Scott Larimer said, cutting short a telephone interview. “Right now, my wife is beside herself.”

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