GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida law student shot and injured during the Las Vegas massacre described the horrific attack from her hospital bed Tuesday.
The third-year law student, Kristin Babik, suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung. She's in stable condition at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where she's being treated, and has not been able to return home to Gainesville.
Babik took time to speak with News4Jax by phone Tuesday. Her injuries left her with respiratory issues as she works to regain her strength. Injuries that she said she shouldn't have.
"There's no reason this should have happened," Babik said. "Now, I have to have a bullet in my back the rest of my life for no reason."
Babik completed an internship in Las Vegas this summer, and was back visiting friends over the weekend. She was attending the Jason Aldean concert Sunday night outside the Mandalay Bay resort when she found herself in the middle of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
Gunfire erupted and Babik was hit.
"At first, you don't know what's going on. You don't want to believe it," she said. "And then when the adrenaline kicks in, I just wanted to get out of there."
Babik told News4Jax it was difficult to comprehend the scope of what was happening, saying she immediately went into survival mode -- just trying to escape the gunfire.
"I didn't even realize I was shot because I just wanted to live and ran and when the adrenaline wore off, that's when I started noticing I was coughing up blood," she said.
At one point, Babik told WKMG, she thought: "Am I going to die?"
Babik said the support she's received has been overwhelming and the other injured with her Sunday night are not far from her mind.
"I wish we could all come together and pray for everybody else," she said. "I'm not the only one who got hurt."
Babik said there is still a long way to go before returning to a sense of normalcy.
She and her family expressed their gratitude toward the first responders, hospital staff and all of the people who have reached out to show support.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Babik by her friends.