The Aurora City Council has put a hold on a comprehensive review of the ambulance response to last July's movie theater shooting, citing the wishes of prosecutors in the case.

The report was to address, among other things, why it took emergency medical workers from the Aurora Fire Department 24 minutes to arrive, though police had arrived within three minutes of the first reports of gunfire at the theater then known as the Century Aurora 16.

Badly wounded people were rushed to hospitals in the backs of police cruisers, in some cases, as officers called for ambulances to hurry up, according to radio transmissions.

"I couldn't believe how many people got to the hospital by police cars and not by ambulance," Gov. John Hickenlooper told The Denver Post in July.

Twelve people were killed and 58 others were injured,

On Feb. 11, the City Council gave initial approval to a contract of almost $250,000 to Virginia-based TriData to review emergency medical services, prevention and preparedness. The same firm reviewed the response after the Columbine High School shooting in Jefferson County in 1999.


The council voted unanimously to table the review at its meeting Monday. None of the council members spoke about their reasons for tabling the contract. Councilwoman Molly Markert asked a procedural question.