AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The mother of a 27-year-old Texan wounded in the Colorado theater shooting says he watched as his friend died.

Mother Sue Greene said Sunday that Brent Lowak was sitting with Jessica Ghawi when he heard the hiss of gas from canisters thrown by the gunman. She said her son and Ghawi ducked but she was hit in the leg. According to the mother, as Ghawi screamed, her son applied pressure to her wound but then she stopped screaming. Greene said her son then realized Ghawi had been shot again and soon she was dead.

Ghawi was an aspiring sports journalist who recently moved to Colorado from Texas.

Lowak, of Bulverde, was wounded in the backside and rushed to the hospital in a van. He’s expected to make a full recovery after much rehabilitation work.