President shares story of hero who tended to friend in theater shooting

    Just Watched

    Obama shares story of survival

Obama shares story of survival 00:33

Story highlights

  • President Obama tells how a woman helped her wounded friend in the Aurora theater
  • Allie Young was shot in the neck but is going to be fine because of her friend, Obama says
  • Stephanie Davies pulled Young into an aisle and put pressure on her friend's wound, he says
  • Obama: Wounded Young urged friend to run, but she refused

Seconds after a gunman shot Allie Young in the neck in a crowded Colorado theater, a friend, Stephanie Davies, pulled her into an aisle, put pressure on her wound and dialed 911. Young told her friend to run, but Davies refused.

President Barack Obama gave that account Sunday night in Aurora, praising Davies and others for heroism amid chaos and bloodshed in the shooting that killed 12 and wounded 58.

Shooting survivors recount horror

The women had settled in alongside others early Friday for a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," the latest installment in the Batman series.

Suddenly a gunman threw canisters only a few feet from where the pair sat.

    Just Watched

    Obama: Colorado shooting 'an evil act'

Obama: Colorado shooting 'an evil act' 01:33

    Just Watched

    Aurora begins healing process

Aurora begins healing process 01:41

    Just Watched

    Roots of a rampage

Roots of a rampage 03:58

Young, 19, instinctively stood to act or warn others. A shot ripped into her neck. She collapsed, blood spurting from the wound, Obama said.

Instead of running or hiding, Davies, 21, pulled Young into the aisle and put pressure on the wound with one hand and dialed 911 with the other, Obama said.

    "I don't know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did, or the courage that Allie showed," the president said. "They represent what's best in us, and they assure us that out of this darkness, a brighter day is going to come."

    When the SWAT team arrived, Davies helped carry Young to an ambulance.

    Because of Davies' actions, Young is going to be fine, the president said.

    Obama flew to Aurora on Sunday evening and met with families at a local hospital for more than two hours before delivering brief remarks to the media.

    'Words are ... inadequate,' Obama tells victims' families