Mother of three children hailed a hero after mass shooting
RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. - Tiffany Phommathep, a victim of the Rancho Tehama mass shooting, is the only one of her family still recovering after receiving five gunshot wounds on Tuesday.
Phommathep was shot four times in her left shoulder, and for a fifth time in her hip. Her three children, ages 2, 7, and 10, came face-to-face with Kevin Neal when he drove next to her vehicle and riddled it with bullets.
"At the time I felt I just needed to drive the car and get my kids to safety," said Phommathep.
All of her children were hit, one in the calf, another in the foot and the third one in the neck with hot metal. All of them have been released from the hospital.
"Multiple times I thought I was going to die. But I got woken up by my kids, I stayed awake," recalled Phommathep.
Phommathep said that she wasn't getting the help she needed by those who passed her. She estimates that she drove for five miles, looking for someone to help her and her injured children. Four people refused, one person told her they were late for work.
Phommathep's husband, who was out of town and is a volunteer firefighter, still can't believe it.
"I'm willing to stop for anybody, whether it's a broken vehicle or if you're getting chased by a gunman, I'm here. But to hear that, that's really tough," said Johnny Phommathep.
Now, Tiffany is looking forward.
"I just think about all of the things I want to do with my family and achieve those goals," said Tiffany.