Jill Keats is a 66-year-old New Zealander. On Friday, she was making her way to a lunch date with her sister at a local mall when she heard something that sounded like firecrackers.
She soon realized that the sound she heard wasn’t firecrackers and she leaned across in her seat to avoid getting shot.
What was happening? A man had opened gunfire inside of a mosque, killing 49 and injuring another 20. Keats helped an injured man away from the carnage, reassuring the victim that he would see his wife again.
Keats said she wished she could have done more.
“For a few minutes I stopped the car in shock and I leaned across the seats to try and avoid getting shot. I opened up my driver’s door and got out and a guy comes up and says, ‘Are you alright?,’ and I say, ‘Yeah I haven’t been shot,’ ” Keats said.
However, those around them were already shot or had been shot at.
“The poor bugger lying on the verge had been shot in the back. We opened my passengers’ door and my driver’s door and pulled him around and opened up the back as well to give us some protection,” recalled Keats, who worked with a “nice Muslim guy” to dress the injured person’s wounds with a first aid kit they had retrieved from a third man.
“The guy I was compressing, he was trying to ring his wife and I managed to get it and answer the phone and I said, ‘Your husband’s been shot outside the mosque. Don’t come here to Deans Ave., you won’t get through but please get to a hospital and wait for him,’ ” Keats instructed the victim’s wife. [excerpt via People]
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