Bulverde man wounded in Colo. movie massacre

Brent Lowak, 27, survived but saw friend die

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Jul 20 2012 12:14:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 20 2012 12:39:53 PM CDT

A Bulverde man was among the dozens of people who were shot in a Colorado movie theatre massacre.

According to his parents, Brent Lowak, 27, is among the survivors.

In all, at least 12 people were killed and another 50 wounded when a lone gunman opened fire early Friday in a theatre in Aurora, Colo. The victims were watching an overnight screening of the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” 

"He was shot in the rear, in the buttocks area. They removed the bullet, but some shrapnel went all the way up to his shoulder," said Larry Lowak, Brent’s father.

He said his wife answered the dreaded call early Friday morning. It was his son calling from the hospital, describing the horrific event.

Lowak said his son had traveled to Colorado, specifically to attend the movie opening with his longtime friend, Jessica Ghawi, a former San Antonio resident. He said both ducked for cover when they heard the gunfire, but Ghawi did not make it out of the theatre alive.

“I guess (Brent) went this way, she went that way. And then she started yelling out, 'I've been hit. I've been hit. I've been hit.',” Lowak explained. “I guess he was working his way back over to her, and then all of a sudden, there was just dead silence."

Brent Lowak underwent surgery and is expected to be OK — physically.

“There are going to be some tremendous emotional scars left out of this. There will be. There's no doubt,” his father said.

This was supposed to be a quick trip to Colorado for Brent Lowak. His parents said he had taken a few days off from work to visit Ghawi.

Mike Mason said Brent Lowak works as a driver for his A First Class Limousine & Sedan, and was scheduled to return to work this weekend.

“He’s a model employee,” Mason said. “We just saw him Sunday, so it’s amazing how things can happen like that.”

Mason said he thinks of his four year long employee as a son. He and his staff will plan a warm welcome for Brent Lowak when he returns.

Lowak’s parents, meanwhile, left Friday morning to be by their son’s side in Colorado.

His father said he’s having trouble understanding what motivated the gunman to do what he did.

"No doubt he's sick, really sick,” said Larry Lowak. “I'm sure that he'll have to face a lot of trash for what he did. He deserves every bit of it. "