KALAMAZOO, Mich., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The Kalamazoo, Mich., teenager who was injured in a series of shootings in which six people died was removed from a ventilator and is now breathing on her own.
"Our hearts are full of joy right now as we celebrate a milestone for Abbie. The tube is out she's breathing on her own... Bless you all and we have so much gratitude for your support," the family of 14-year-old Abbie Kopf posted on a GoFundMe webpage, which has raised more than $20,000 for her care.
"As Abbie's doctors began talking about donating her organs after death, Abbie suddenly squeezed her mother's hand. She was not done fighting for her life," said the posting.
Abbie was walking in a parking lot on Feb. 20 with Barbara Hawthorne, whom the Kopf family calls Grandma Barb, when she and two others were shot by a passing motorist. Abigail was critically injured.
The accused gunman, Jason Dalton, was charged with six counts of murder on Feb. 22. Police arrested him hours after the apparently random attacks.