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Laura Hertzfeld
July 20, 2012 AT 04:38 PM EDT

While posts on Twitter surrounding the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises started with the expected air of excitement around seeing the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, as we now know, things quickly turned to tragedy. The results were captured online.  Media research center Poynter Institute created a collection of Twitter posts on Storify from Aurora detailing the timeline of the events, including posts from victims inside the theater, family members looking for missing relatives, and images from the scene.

The first tweets from the night in Aurora seem pretty normal, starting with posts from victim Jessica Redfield, who joked “Never thought I’d have to coerce a guy into seeing the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises with me,” and Juliana who said “It’s gonna be a good night.”  But quickly things devolve into chaos, with posts from witnesses on the scene. “Have just evacuated our theater in Aurora. There was a shooting in our auditorium. I am safe,” writes Zach Eastman. “Everybody please pray for my friend Alex,” says Caitlin. The timeline concludes with posts like “2 friends lost tonight, in tears right now,” from Adam Williams, and close calls like Chayyiel Jackson‘s: “if i was on the other side of the front row id prolly be shot #ThankGod.”

Read the full Storify collection from Poynter of posts from the scene of the shooting in Colorado below:

[View this story on Storify]

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