Colo. shooting survivor forgives alleged gunman

Jul 26, 2012, 1:35 AM

DENVER (AP) – A survivor of the deadly shootings at a Colorado movie theater says he has forgiven the alleged gunman.

Denver Rescue Mission employee Pierce O’Farrill was shot three times, in the left arm and left leg, in the attack Friday at an Aurora theater showing the new Batman movie. He was released from the hospital Wednesday.

James Eagan Holmes is accused of launching the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58.

O’Farrill told The Denver Post (
http://bit.ly/NYVEBq) that when he saw images of Holmes at his first court appearance Monday, he felt sorrow for him.

“Of course, I forgive him with all my heart. When I saw him in his hearing, I felt nothing but sorrow for him _ he’s just a lost soul right now,” O’Farrill said. “I want to see him sometime. The first thing I want to say to him is `I forgive you,’ and the next is, `Can I pray for you?'”

Formal criminal charges haven’t been filed against Holmes yet.

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Colo. shooting survivor forgives alleged gunman