Chichi and Derick Spruel were at the midnight premiere of the movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," last July 20, when James Holmes allegedly opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 58. The suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Denver, says the company didn't have adequate security to protect attendees.
Both Spruels have experienced long-term psychological damage as a result of the incident and have incurred expenses for medical and psychological treatment, according to the suit.
Derick "has difficulty working because he worked closely with his friend, Jesse Childress, and every day at work he flashes on the shooting and grieves for his friend and suffers emotional distress when thinking that he and his wife could also have been killed that night. He has undergone, and continues to undergo psychological counseling, and has had to take leave from work in order to deal with the psychological issues," according to the suit.
His wife suffers depression, anxiety, lack of ability to concentrate and flashbacks of seeing "her friend lying in a pool of his own blood." The couple are asking for unspecified damages for "losses and injuries, both past and present," and a jury trial.
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