Louisville woman recovering after being shot 12 times in Cincinnati bank shooting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman remains hospitalized after being shot during Thursday's mass shooting at Fifth Third Center in Cincinnati.
A release from Fifth Third says Whitney Austin had driven to Cincinnati for a meeting, and she was on a conference call, when she walked through the lobby doors and directly into the shooting. She was shot 12 times.
In a narrative sent to WDRB, Austin said she could feel blood in her throat, and thought her life would end.
Three people were killed, when 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez decided to open fire in the building. Austin was wounded. Another person who was shot was last reported in critical condition.
Cincinnati Police say they have yet to find a motive for the shooting.
Austin, a senior product manager for digital lending, expressed her gratitude in a statement for first responders who helped her. She said two police officers on Fountain Square rushed to her aid and got her out of the line of fire, after she was shot.
"I'm still processing the events from yesterday, the impact to the victims, to me and the community. And I'm thinking about how I can make a difference in the future," Austin said.
As first responders were moving her, she told them "I have a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old and they need their mommy. I need to be okay."
Austin was in surgery for nearly seven hours Friday to repair her right arm, and there are more surgeries ahead. She remains stable at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
"I'm so thankful to the paramedics and first responders and the doctors, nurses and staff at UC Medical," she said.
Austin is married to Waller Austin. They have two children ages 5 and 7. The statement said, "Our family has been overwhelmed by the support we have received from coworkers, family, friends, and total strangers." She said she is grateful to everyone who has offered to help.
"We are so grateful that people want to help and do something," Austin said. Her family is preparing their next steps and will let people know soon how they may help.
Austin has worked for Fifth Third since 2003. She has both a bachelors degree and MBA from the University of Louisville.
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