2 wounded in Kalamazoo shootings keep improving

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The 14-year-old girl injured in the Kalamazoo shooting spree has reached another milestone, and the other wounded victim has been released from the hospital.

A Wednesday update to Abigail Kopf’s GoFundMe page states that she opened her eyes and recognized her parents Tuesday night.

“Abbie reached another milestone! Mom and Dad reported last night: ‘She looked at us tonight. Her right eye is too swollen yet, but she managed to open her eyes and recognized us.'”

The update on the GoFundMe site went on to read: “Your love and incredible outpouring of support keeps us going.”

A relative told 24 Hour News 8 Abigail is expected to be moved to Grand Rapids, where she will undergo rehabilitation for six months.  According to her GoFundMe page, Abigail’s parents are looking for reliable transportation to make the trek from Battle Creek to Grand Rapids during her treatment.

Abigail was upgraded from serious to fair condition on Tuesday.

Abigail was among the eight people shot in the shooting spree.


Also wounded was 25-year-old Tiana Carruthers, who was the first to be shot.

She has been released from the hospital, is in a rehabilitation facility and is learning to walk on her own again, according to the organizer of her GoFundMe account.

Authorities say that over the course of nearly five hours on Feb. 20, 45-year-old Jason Dalton opened fire at three locations: Meadows Townhomes in Richland Township, Seelye Kia Ford Dealership in Kalamazoo and the Cracker Barrel in Texas Township.

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Smith, 53-year-old Richard Smith, 62-year-old Mary Lou Nye, 60-year-old Mary Jo Nye, 74-year-old Dorothy Brown and 68-year-old Barbara Hawthorne were killed.


Abigail’s Fight for Survival GoFundMe account

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