Richland Township Tiana Carruthers, 25, was shot multiple times and is in serious condition, and 14-year-old Battle Creek resident Abigail Kopf was shot once in the head and is in critical condition. The first victim shot by alleged Kalamazoo gunman Jason Brian Dalton has been called a hero after she used her body to shield several children from harm.
A lawyer has been appointed to represent a man accused of killing six people in western Michigan.
Carruthers was hit three times in the legs and arms but is expected to survive. Carruthers asked Dalton if there was anything she could do for him. "Have you seen Mazie?" he reportedly asked the preteen.
Her mother, Iona, released a statement though Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, expressing their appreciation to the community for keeping Carruthers in their thoughts and prayers in the days since the Kalmazoo shooting spree. Coleman said, "He shot her once and she was still running and then he shot her again and she fell".
Dalton faces 16 charges, including six murder counts, two counts of assault with intent to murder and eight counts of felony firearm. "We want his family to know that we don't hold anything against the family members". Two people are in the hospital.
Dalton was denied bail on Monday.
No children were injured in that shooting as Carruthers put herself between the gunman and the kids.