After meeting with family members of victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., President Barack Obama on Sunday told the moving story of two young women who survived.

According to Obama, 19-year-old Allie Young and her best friend, Stephanie Davies, 21, were sitting just a few feet away from where suspected gunman James Holmes threw canisters during a midnight screening Friday of "The Dark Knight Rises." Young, sensing she should warn others, stood up and was immediately shot.

"She was shot in the neck, and it punctured a vein and immediately she started spurting blood," Obama said in a speech Sunday night. "And apparently as she dropped down on the floor, Stephanie -- 21 years old -- had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where she --where Allie had been wounded, and applied pressure the entire time while the gunman was still shooting."

Obama said that Davies, despite being told by her best friend to run in order to save herself, refused to budge and remained by her friend's side until the SWAT team emerged at the scene. Davies, with the help of several others, then carried Young across two parking lots to an ambulance, Obama recounted.

"Because of Stephanie's timely actions, I just had a conversation with Allie downstairs, and she is going to be fine," Obama said. "I don't know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did or the courage that Allie showed."

"And so as tragic as the circumstances of what we've seen today are, as heartbreaking as it is for the families," he continued, "it's worth us spending most of our time reflecting on young Americans like Allie and Stephanie. Because they represent what's best in us and they assure us that out of this darkness a brighter day is going to come."

While In Aurora, Obama spent three hours visiting with family members of the 12 people whose lives were claimed, as well as some of the survivors at the University of Colorado Hospital, which treated 23 of the people injured. He was accompanied by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and other local officials.

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    US President Barack Obama arrives alongside Colorado Senator Mark Udall (L) to speak at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, July 22, 2012, following a visit with victims and family members of last week's shootings during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' at a nearby movie theater that left 12 killed and 58 injured. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

  • US President Barack Obama arrives alongs

    US President Barack Obama arrives alongside Colorado Senator Mark Udall (L) to speak at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, July 22, 2012, following a visit with victims and family members of last week's shootings during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' at a nearby movie theater that left 12 killed and 58 injured. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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    US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Colorado Senator Mark Udall (left) and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (right) at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, July 22, 2012, following a visit with victims and family members of last week's shootings during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' at a nearby movie theater that left 12 killed and 58 injured. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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    US President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, July 22, 2012, following a visit with victims and family members of last week's shootings during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises,' at a nearby movie theater that left 12 killed and 58 injured. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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    AURORA, CO - JULY 22: (AFP OUT) People watch from a second floor window as U.S. President Barack Obama's motorcade arrives at University of Colorado Hospital July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Obama met with victims of last Friday's movie theater mass shooting. Police in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, say that James Holmes, 24, in custody after he is suspected of killing 12 people and injuring 59 during a midnight screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' last Friday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Medical staff and visitors look out the window as US President Barack Obama's motorcade arrives at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, July 22, 2012, for a visit with family members of the victims of last week's shootings at a movie theater in Aurora. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Medical staff and visitors look out the window as US President Barack Obama's motorcade arrives at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, July 22, 2012, for a visit with family members of the victims of last week's shootings at a movie theater in Aurora. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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    President Barack Obama, second from left, talks with from right, Aurora Colo., Mayor Steve Hogan, Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., after Obama arrived at at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colorado to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Barack Obama, second from left, talks with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, as Aurora, Colo., Police Chief Daniel Oates, right, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, second from right, watch, after Obama arrived at at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colorado to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Obama greets Aurora, Colo., Mayor Steve Hogan, center, Aurora Polic Chief Daniel Oates after Air Force One landed at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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    President Barack Obama greets Aurora (Colo.) Police Chief Daniel Oates, as Mayor Steve Hogan, right, watches after Obama arrived at at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Barack Obama greets Aurora (Colo.) Mayor Steve Hogan as Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, left, watches after Obama arrived at at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Barack Obama steps off Marine One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colo., to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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    President Barack Obama walks to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colo., to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Barack Obama salutes as he walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colo., to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Barack Obama waves from the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colo., to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    President Barack Obama leaves the White House in Wsshington for a trip to visit the families of victims of the shooting in Colorado, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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    President Barack Obama leaves the White House for a trip to visit the families of victims of the shooting in Colorado, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)