UF Law Student Shot In Vegas “It kind of felt like a paintball or something like that. I didn’t think it was a gun shot.”
Posted: 6:52 am Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Kristin Babik was one of the 500+ who got shot Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. She is said to make a full recovery but will always have a reminder of that day considering doctors said moving the bullet from her vertebrea could kill her. So it still remains inside her body.
Babik told News 6 she heard three rounds of gunfire then felt something on her back.
“I felt something hit me really hard and then I felt something splatter. And I thought it was after somebody’s drink or it kind of felt like a paintball or something like that. I didn’t think it was a gun shot,” she said.
Everyone was running around trying to get to safely, as you can imagine, so Babik was just trying to follow suite.
“It took me forever to get out of there because I started not being able to breathe and I thought I was just hyperventilating. My friend Jo kept telling me, ‘You got this. You’ll be fine.’ I started coughing more,” Babik said. “We made it to the fence and I had to climb over. Other people were there helping me climb over. There was a table that I stepped on so I could get over. I remember somebody on the other side catching me. He gave me the biggest hug,” Babik said in tears.
That was the moment she had realized she had been shot in the back. She was coughing up blood and she looked at her friend and said “Am I going to die?”
She is still recovering at a hospital in Las Vegas, suffering from a collapsed lung caused by the bullet in her back. If her lungs can stay inflated on her own, she’ll be released Wednesday.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for Babik’s medical expenses.