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Woman shot 12 times in the Cincinnati bank the attack, says she asked the police to save her life for her children

A 37-year-old mother who survived being shot a dozen times when a suspect opened fire in Cincinnati, Fifth Third building, earlier this month, said she begged the police to “save” her, because she had two children “who need their mother.”

(WDRB)

A 37-year-old mother who survived being shot a dozen times when a suspect opened fire in Cincinnati, Fifth Third building, earlier this month, said she begged the police to “save” her, because she had two children “who need their mother.”

Whitney Austin, a bank executive, recalled the moments leading up to the harrowing Sept. 6 shooting Wednesday during an interview on ABC’s ‘ Good Morning America.

Austin, who was focused on a conference call when they came to work, said: “it felt like a burning sensation” when she was shot when walking in the building.

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Austin said that she was afraid that she “die” as soon as she began to cough of blood and wanted her loved ones.

“I assumed he saw me move and he shot me several times,” Austin recalled, adding that she pretended to be dead.

That is, until she noticed the Cincinnati police, and pleaded with an officer.

“I have a 5 – and a 7-year-old, that need their mother,” she remembered to say at the moment. “You must save me! You come with me!”

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The police eventually killed the suspect, Omar Enrique Santa Perez, 29, after he killed three others injured Austin, and another individual. Austin was initially shown that, in critical condition after the shooting and was released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center days later after undergoing several hours of surgery.

About her experience, ” Austin told WDRB that “there is absolutely no other explanation other than believing that it is a miracle.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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