Woman Risks Her Life During Santa Monica Shootings

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — A local woman who risked her life to save another during the Santa Monica shooting rampage spoke out about the ordeal on Monday.

Debra Fine showed off the holes in her bloody shirt, where four bullets ripped into her body.


Debra Fine

She was in her silver sedan on Friday when she saw the gunman, 23-year-old John Zawahri, stop a woman in the car right in front of her.

“I was so angry that he was pointing the gun at her and that she was scared, and I just wanted to stand up for her,” Fine said.

Fine saw the gunman raise his rifle at a woman on the street, she said. She hit the gas and put her car in between them.

“As he was walking across, my front window was exploding and I was falling into the passenger seat to try to stay down,” Fine said.

“That’s when I kept feeling bullets hitting into my other shoulder,” she said.

The gunman struck both shoulders and her arm, shrapnel lodging two inches beneath her skin.

A bullet even struck her right ear, where she said the ringing won’t stop.

“I laid down just thinking please stop, please stop shooting, thinking that if I just acted like I was dead he might go away,” Fine said.

Zawahri did leave, carjacking the woman Fine had tried to save. That woman was unhurt.

“I’m glad I did what I did, but thank God I’m alive and my children need me,” Fine said.

Fine was out of the hospital, but there was still shrapnel in her body and she said she will need additional surgeries.

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