Louisville woman shot 12 times in Cincinnati mass shooting released from hospital
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville woman shot last week during a mass shooting in Cincinnati has been released from the hospital.
Fifth Third bank confirms Whitney Austin, who was shot 12 times, is out of the hospital. Austin was heading into a meeting at Fifth Third Bank's headquarter in downtown Cincinnati when she stepped into the path of flying bullets Thursday.
Earlier Tuesday, Hamilton Country Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said the shooter, Omar Enrique Santa Perez, used a 9 millimeter handgun and fired both standard and hollow-point bullets, which typically cause more serious injuries. A Fifth Third Bancorp employee and two contractors died Thursday before police killed Perez.
"He had one weapon but a whole lot of rounds of ammunition," Sammarco said. "And he didn't hesitate. He didn't hesitate to pull the trigger, empty his clip, reload and do it again and again and again.
Austin's husband said she will need several more surgeries during her recovery. In an open letter Monday, Waller Austin credited the brave police officers, first responders and medical staff for saving his wife's life.
"I will be forever in your debt. My wife is alive today because you refused to allow the shooter to continue his rampage - you are my heroes and my children will know that they will have their mother and hold her, too, because of YOUR actions," Waller Austin said.
Waller Austin also thanked everyone who prayed.
"I am not a religious man, and often question my faith or what God is, but I believe in prayer and 'miracle' is the only word I know that could accurately describe what happened to Whitney. We are blessed," he said.
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