STOCKTON -- A recent University of the Pacific graduate was shot multiple times Friday during the mass slaying at a suburban Denver movie theater.
Petra Anderson, who graduated in May from UOP's Conservatory of Music, was one of 71 people who were shot during the massacre in Aurora, Colo. She underwent surgery and is recovering. Twelve people died in the shooting, but more than 50 others are suffering from injuries.
"Petra was a very gifted and talented student," said Maria Pallavicini, provost and acting president of the Stockton college. "She was very visible in the campus community. She was a violinist and an opera student."
The Associated Press reported Anderwon was shot four times with pellets. One pellet entered her nose and traveled through her brain.
Pallavicini and Elizabeth Griego, the university's vice president for student life, said Anderson's family told them she is recovering well. Her boyfriend, Austin Hogan, told AP that while Anderson was responding to doctors, she had trouble recalling basic information about herself. Anderson is a Colorado native who was headed to the University of Maryland to pursue a graduate degree.
"It's extremely difficult to hear about something like this happening to one of our students," Pallavicini said. "We are a small campus community, so people know each other and support each other."
The family has requested continued prayers from university and community members,
In light of the incident, UOP is promoting its Office of Public Safety and Campus Chaplain Joel Lohr for students who want counseling.
"Having met Petra personally, I know I join all of you in feeling shocked and saddened by what has happened," Griego wrote in a statement.
Another man from Sacramento, James Cameron, was also at the movie theater. Cameron said in an interview with Fox News that he was visiting a friend and they went to the move premiere.
He told Fox that they were in the theater adjacent to Theatre 9, where 24-year-old suspect James Egan Holmes opened fire and released tear gas. His friend started having an asthma attack and Cameron said they fled.
"This has been a nightmare of a night," he told Fox, saying he saw a baby girl struck in her back and injured people "all over the place."
Cameron has not returned phone calls for comment.