Photo Captures Woman Receiving Award Before CA Shooting
(ABC News) — This photo, provided by San Bernardino, California, shooting survivor Julie Paez, captures her enjoying the festive and celebratory atmosphere inside the Inland Regional Center conference room last Wednesday before shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire, killing 14 and injuring 21 others.
Wednesday was supposed to be a celebration for Paez, a well inspector, who was named Employee of the Year during the training event. The photo shows her receiving the award from a program manager.
Paez first texted a photo to her family saying she received the award, her son, Nicholas, told ABC News.
The next photo she sent was a selfie of her after the shooting, accompanied by four words: “Love you. Was shot.”
“I knew she wasn’t shot in the head, and she wasn’t shot somewhere where it would make her pass out right away,” Nicholas said. “So I knew that maybe she’d be okay, but I had no idea.”
Paez suffered two gunshot wounds to the abdomen and is expected to be discharged from the hospital next week, Nicholas said. The family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for some of her medical bills.