A University of the Pacific graduate was critically injured after a shooter opened fire during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo. early Friday morning.
At 12:30 a.m. Friday, Colorado native Petra Anderson was watching the movie when suspect James Holmes opened fire in the theater, killing 12 and injuring 58.
Anderson was shot, transported to an Aurora hospital and was in surgery on Friday, according to a statement from Pacific vice president for student life Elizabeth Griego.
“Having met Petra personally, I know I join all of you in feeling shocked and saddened by what has happened,” Griego wrote.
In May, Anderson graduated from Pacific as a composition major in the Conservatory of Music.
Anderson’s mother said doctors are hopeful her daughter will recover from her injuries, and asked for continued prayers.
“The family is feeling well supported by friends, family and the University community,” Griego wrote.
Her boyfriend, Austin Hogan, later spoke to the Associated Press by phone from a hospital. Hogan said that Anderson was responding to doctors.
During her time at Pacific, Anderson was well-known on campus because she worked in the Office of Admissions and was an assistant residence director. In 2010, she composed and directed “Heroes Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans,” which was a successful concert on campus, Griego wrote.
She was named a national 2011 Conservatory of Music Presser Scholar, which is an award given to exceptional music students.
Griego wrote that counseling will be available over the weekend for students.
“It is difficult for the University of the Pacific community to learn of this kind of violence experienced by one of our own,” Griego wrote.
For counseling services, contact Public Safety at 209-946-2537, and staff will connect you to after-hour counseling or campus chaplain Dr. Joel Lohr.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.