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A Houston-area woman says her sister was one of 50 people wounded in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado. Twelve people were killed.

The shooting too place at a midnight screening inside a packed theater early Friday in Aurora, about 10 miles east of Denver.

According to police, shortly after midnight, a gunman wearing a gas mask stood in front of the screen with a  rifle and a pistol. He shot into the crowd of moviegoers moviegoers watching the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The Houston woman’s sister was shot twice during the attack, her children in her arms as she did her best to shield them.

The victim said her daughter was sleeping next to her when the gunman opened fire. She immediately threw the child to the ground.

“I stood up to put her in front of me. When I did that was when I got hit,” the victim said.

After dropping her little boy to the floor, she and her boyfriend reportedly picked up the kids and ran.

The shooting victim’s sister, who lives in the Willowbrook area, got the phone call a short time later.

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