Kalamazoo mother in stable condition

Posted at 8:52 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 08:52:12-05

The young mother who survived a mass shooting in Kalamazoo is now in stable condition.

The upgrade in Tiana Carruthers' condition was announced Tuesday by Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office.

She was the first person shot in the rampage on February 20th that left six people dead. Tiana Carruthers is one of two survivors.

Authorities say Carruthers was on the playground of her apartment complex with her daughter, niece and three other children when suspected shooter Jason Dalton pulled up. Carruthers' family says Dalton asked her a question and then pulled out a gun and began firing. Carruthers reportedly screamed at the children to run to safety and used her body as a shield to block them from the gunman who continued to fire.

She is hailed a hero for saving those children.

Sheriff Richard Fuller of Kalamazoo said, "Her actions for what she did to take care of people that day herself are nothing short of heroic."

Carruthers was shot four times and has wounds to her legs, arm, and right flank. Doctors are optimistic she will make a full recovery. She has been moved to a rehabilitation unit where she will continue her recovery.

The young mother just celebrated her 26th birthday on Monday.

A gofundme page set up to help with her medical expenses has raised $14,000 of the $50,000 goal.