SEATTLE -- One of the shooting victims in last week's Seattle Pacific University campus shooting released a statement Tuesday, thanking the community for their support and expressing condolences to the other victims and their families.
Sarah Williams, 19, suffered critical injuries in the shooting and underwent five hours of surgery at Harborview Medical Center. As of Tuesday, she was listed in "satisfactory condition" by Harborview Medical staff; there is no timeline for her release.
I would like to thank everybody for the incredible outpouring of prayers and support that have been sent to my family and me since the events of last week. I know there is a lot of concern for my health and well being, so I'd like to take this opportunity to let everybody know that I am healing and getting stronger. The doctors and hospital staff at Harborview Medical Center have been fantastic and they are taking excellent care of my family and me.
While every day brings improvement, I have a long way to go for full recovery. During that time, I truly do wish that everyone please respect my privacy and that of my family. We are interested in only one thing: being together and getting through this.
My family and I send our love and prayers to the other victims and to Paul Lee’s family. Also, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone here in Seattle, from the staff and my fellow students at Seattle Pacific University, to my roommates and friends, the police, to everyone here at Harborview and to the friends back home in Phoenix who are doing everything they can do to help me and my family. It means a great deal for me to know that there are so many wonderful people in this world who care, and I cannot thank you enough.
The Williams family reiterates that it would like privacy during Sarah's recovery.