DENVER --- The only survivor of a triple shooting outside of a Denver community events center is speaking out.
The victim was shot while inside her car in the parking lot of the Eritrean Community Center near Leetsdale Drive and Monaco Parkway early on Jan. 28.
“I honestly thought that I was going to die right there,” Nae Jones said.
Jones recalls the night a bullet ripped through her body. The bullet is still lodged in her spine.
“It passed my lungs and went straight to my spine, so I’m lucky,” Jones said.
Jones was dropping off a friend at the community center. It’s a spot known to many as a nightclub. While she was sitting in her car, gunshots rang out.
“I was praying. I was just asking God to protect my kids and my family,” Jones said.
Two of Jones’ friends, Rocca Guyton and Kendrick Shaw, were killed. Jones heard an argument but said the motive is unclear.
“I know there was a big party bus there. That place was really packed. You never know what was going on. Like in there or if it led outside," she said.
The violence has left the mother of four bound to a wheelchair. She is paralyzed from the chest down.
“Every day when I wake up, I try to move my leg," she said. "Doctors don’t want to take the bullet from my spine. It’s a 50-50 chance if they try to take it out. My arms won’t work.”
Jones’ cousin gave her a pair of sneakers that she has sitting on the ledge in her hospital room.
While they might look like just an ordinary pair of shoes, they are Jones’ source of motivation. She is determined to work through the obstacles.
“I look at them a lot because, hopefully, I’ll be walking one day," Jones said. "There’s a reason why I am still alive, why I survived, and it’s for my kids. So that’s my focus now.”
The Denver Police Department said it is continuing to work the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
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