November 27, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A teen who survived the Dec. 11 shooting at an Oregon shopping mall says she didn't realize the gun that shot her was real until bullets started whizzing past.
KPTV shared on Saturday 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko's perspective on what happened that day, when two other people died.
The teen was walking home from school and took a shortcut through the mall.
When she heard the first shots, she hid behind a pillar with her best friend, but when she looked down, she realized she had been shot in the chest.
She says she initially thought Jacob Roberts, who was dressed in black and wearing a mask, was pulling a prank.
Her father says it's a miracle that she survived. He says Kristina is the family's Christmas gift.