The 15-year-old girl who survived Tuesday's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center is improving.
Kristina Shevchenko suffered significant lung and liver damage when she was shot by Jacob Roberts. He also shot and killed Steve Forsyth and Cindy Yuille, before killing himself at the mall.
Kristina was taken to Oregon Health & Science University in serious condition Tuesday. On Friday, her doctors upgraded her condition to fair.
The family released a statement thanking everyone from police and mall workers to the OHSU staff for helping Kristina. The girl informed her family that the first person she wanted to thank was a friend and classmate at Clackamas Middle School Alyona Chukhrii.
Her family said Alyona immediately called 911 and remained by Kristina's side until emergency crews arrived.
On Friday, Alyona said she was cutting through the mall with Kristina on their way to the TriMet stop, which is a normal routine for them.
Alyona said she saw a man dressed in black wearing a hockey mask with a gun near them. At first she thought it was a prank, but quickly realized something was very wrong.
When the first shots rang out, Alyona said she told Kristina they needed to duck into a store. She said a man then fell right in front of them and died.
Alyona then realized Kristina was not OK.
"I didn't want to believe she got shot, but when I checked her sweater, she had a few holes in there and I knew she got shot," she said.
Alyona said she helped Kristina up and they followed a crowd of people out into the alley. Alyona said Kristina then fainted in her arms.
Kristina was rushed to the hospital and suffered a collapsed lung, damaged liver and had shrapnel removed during surgery, according to her doctors. He described most of her injuries as being the result of a "blast effect" from a high-velocity weapon.
Investigators said Roberts shot her with an AR-15 rifle.
Her doctors said she faces a long road of rehabilitation ahead, but they are optimistic about her recovery. So is her friend.
"She's smiling," Alyona said. "She's happy that she's alive."
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