A Long Island City comedy club raised $1,000 Tuesday for Caleb Medley, an aspiring comedian who was shot defending his pregnant wife in the devastating Century 16 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., earlier this month that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
The Laughing Devil, at 47-38 Vernon Blvd., charged customers $15 for a drink at the club Tuesday evening, said club owner Steve Hofstetter. The cover charges, combined with 50 percent of all additional drink sales, went to cover Medley’s medical bills, which could add up to more than $2 million.
Medley was protecting his wife, then nine months pregnant, when he was shot, Hofstetter said. The gunman was allegedly James Eagan Holmes, who is accused of throwing a canister of smoke and opening fire July 20 on the audience at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Hofstetter said Medley was known to The Laughing Devil’s general manager, who once lived in Denver. The club raised almost $1,000 and landlord Howard Adams made it an even $1,000.