Tiana Carruthers to speak publicly this week

Posted at 9:19 PM, Apr 11, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — For the first time, Kalamazoo shooting rampage victim Tianna Carruthers is expected to speak publicly this week as she continues her recovery.

Carruthers, one of two survivors of the February shooting spree, is expected to speak to the media during a press conference at Borgess Medical Center on Thursday to talk about her recovery and thank the community for support.

Her family, several doctors and members of law enforcement are also expected to attend.

Until now, Carruthers’ family has spoken on her behalf, telling FOX 17 in March she’d been making a “remarkable” recovery.

Carruthers was the first person shot in the Feb. 20 rampage. Investigators said she was shot multiple times while shielding children from gunfire at the Meadows Townhomes in Richland Township.

Police interviews obtained by FOX 17 revealed suspect Jason Dalton told authorities he emptied an entire magazine when shooting at Carruthers. Dalton reportedly told police he thought he’d killed her, asking “how could you survive that many gunshots?”

Abigail Kopf, 14, the only other person to survive the rampage, also continues to make strides in her recovery. Her family says she is now walking, talking and eating again on her own.