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14-Year-Old Michigan Shooting Victim Breathing on Her Own

The teen was thought to be dead after she was taken to the hospital, but squeezed her mother’s hand

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    The teen was among eight total victims who were shot at three different locations Feb. 20. Two survived.

    A teen girl who was initially believed to have died after being shot in the head during the shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is now breathing on her own.

    Abigail Kopf, 14, no longer needs a breathing tube, according to an update posted to her GoFundMe page on Saturday.

    “Our hearts are full of joy right now as we celebrate a milestone for Abbie,” the message read. “The tube is out she's breathing on her own. And she wiped her own face with a towel! Bless you all and we have so much gratitude for your support.”

    The teen was thought to be dead after she was taken to the hospital, but squeezed her mother’s hand, according to officials. A doctor then asked Kopf a question, wanting a thumbs-up response.

    “She gave him two thumbs up," State police Lt. Dale Hinz said. "It's a glimmer of hope in this otherwise tragic situation."

    Kopf was in a car outside an area restaurant when she was shot, according to authorities. The teen was among eight total victims who were shot at three different locations Feb. 20. Two survived.

    The suspected gunman, an Uber driver who authorities say paused between shooting to pick up fares, faces six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

    Supporters have donated more than $17,000 to Kopf’s GoFundMe page to help her family pay medical bills.

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