'Miracle' Teen Shot in the Head by Kalamazoo Gunman Is Walking Again: Reports
The teen's mom says her daughter will be "very close to functional ... with no serious repercussions" from shooting
The 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head last month during a Michigan Uber driver’s murderous rampage is walking again with assistance less than two weeks after the shooting, according to reports.
According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Abigail Kopf took several steps on Wednesday inside the hospital where she has been since the Feb. 20 shooting.
Abigail’s mother, Vicki Kopf, told reporters on Thursday that the teenager managed to walk Wednesday evening with some help, the Enquirer reports.
Kopf continues to make progress since the shooting, after which doctors feared she was brain dead. Relatives have revealed she opened her eyes on Tuesday, just days after doctors noticed her toes wiggling.
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Vicki Kopf tells the Enquirer that in a matter of months, her daughter could be “very close to functional … with no serious repercussions” from the shooting.
Six people died in last month’s rampage, including Barbara Hawthorne, 68 – a close family friend who Abigail called her “grandma,” the family told PEOPLE.
The accused gunman, Jason Dalton, 45, has been charged with six counts of open murder, two counts of assault with intent to murder and eight counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police allege he opened fire at an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant parking lot.
Abigail was shot as she was returning to a car at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. The four other women who were with her – Barbara Hawthorne, 68; Mary Jo Nye, 60; Judy Brown, 74, all of Battle Creek; and Mary Nye, 62, of Baroda – were killed.
On Thursday, a judge ordered Dalton to undergo a mental competency exam. He has yet to plead to charges of murder and attempted murder.