So unbelievably sad. Bianca de Kock, a survivor of the May 23 Santa Barbara shooting, opened up about her terrifying ordeal in an all-new interview.
Bianca de Kock’s world changed irrevocably on the night of May 23. Elliot Rodger opened fire in Isla Vista, Calif., killing six people and injuring seven others. Bianca was one of the survivors and was hit 5 times by the crazed killer. Bianca shared her harrowing story for the first time on May 30 and revealed what she did in what she thought were her final moments.
UCSB Shooting: Sorority Girl Shares Harrowing Story
Two of those killed were fellow sorority sisters of Bianca and were walking with her before they were struck by bullets. In an interview with Good Morning America on May 30, Bianca revealed those horrifying moments of sheer panic and fear.
“It didn’t seem real,” de Kock said. She noted that Elliot smiled at her before pulling the trigger and she believed they were just rubber bullets at first.
In what she thought were her final moments, Bianca made a heartbreaking call to her mother.
“I’ve been shot,” Bianca told her mother. “I don’t know what happened. It’s crazy. But I love you. I love you so much…I’m afraid I’m going to die.”
Thankfully, Bianca was comforted by a complete stranger during her scary ordeal. Student Kyle Sullivan saw an injured Bianca and went to a police officer for help. Bianca says she’s indebted to Kyle for being there for her.
“I was just trying to be there for her and just…and make sure that she would make it through it,” Kyle said in the interview.
Santa Barbara Shooter’s Parents Apologize To Victims
Elliot Rodger’s parents, Peter Rodger and Li Chin, expressed their immense sadness and apologized to the victims and their families in a statement to GMA on May 29.
“We are crying in pain for the victims and their families. It breaks our heart on a level that we didn’t think possible. The feeling of knowing that it was our son’s actions that caused the tragedy can only be described as hell on earth.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims and their families.
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