What was supposed to be a fun night at the movies for David Pharris turned out to be a night mare for those who were shot and those who witnessed it.
" Poor little girl was carried to the ambulance. It was heart wrenching," said David Pharris, from Sanger.
Like many others the Sanger High School graduate was with friends looking forward to catching the premiere of the new Batman movie.
When suddenly, shots were fired, and his military instincts immediately kicked in.
"In this case I wasn't thinking about running for my life," said Pharris.
Being in the army, Pharris is trained to deal with casualties and wounds.
" First thing I could think of was who needs help first. Everyone I saw was crying and in pain and limping. I didn't know where to start," Pharris said.
With his life in danger like so many others in that movie theater, Pharris decided to take matters in his own hands and help out anyone who was injured.
" All I could think of was taking the shirt off my back and wrapping it around someone's leg," Pharris said.
After finally making his way out of the movie theater, safe into his car, Pharris made the call to his father in Sanger.
" I needed to talk to someone that was very close to me, so I called my father to let him know that I was ok," said Pharris.
Pharris says he is grateful to be alive, but like many soldiers in the military his concern isn't about himself, but for others instead.
" Now there's going to be little children who will be scarred with this for the rest of their lives," said Pharris.