'She will be coming back': Woman hurt in random shooting hopeful she'll walk again

'She will be coming back': Woman hurt in random shooting hopeful she'll walk again
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The family of a Nebraska woman hurt in what police call a random shooting say she’s in good spirits. Prosecutors say Marckenzy Edmond shot at two women walking separately at Standing Bear Lake in Omaha.The first woman escaped unharmed.The second, 33-year-old Shantel Thompson, was hit. She survived, but was critically hurt. Sister station KETV spoke with two of Shantel’s cousins. One said she was with Shantel the night before the tragedy. They were together celebrating exciting news — graduating from law school. It was a dream come true for Shantel. There was just one step left.“She was telling everyone I get my bar results on Monday, I get my bar results on Monday,” said cousin Sharee Bryson. Bryson said when Monday came, she got the news that she passed the bar.A few days later Shantel celebrated with cousin Carlina Thompson.“I mean we just, we just had this joyous news. You know of our baby, passing the bar. Finally, you know,” Thompson said. Just three days after passing the bar, Shantel was shot at Standing Bear Lake. “We were in shock. I mean there just has to be a different Shantel. I mean it can’t be her,” Thompson said.Police said Shantel was the victim in a random shooting.While she survived, Shantel is now fighting to walk again.“Gut-wrenching. That’s the word. Gut-wrenching. Couldn’t believe it,” Thompson said.Even through the tragedy, her cousins say she’s not giving up. She’s in great spirits, determined to practice law. “She’s practicing disability law. Irony of all of this, that’s just going to make her a better attorney, a great attorney. Who better to represent you than someone who has experienced something like this themselves?” Bryson said.They say Shantel hopes to be released soon — but will have extensive therapy. And they will be by her side through it all.“Like she said, this is a minor setback for a major comeback and she will be coming back,” Thompson said.In a statement to KETV, Shantel said: “Thursday, Oct. 14, marked seven days since the incident at Standing Bear Lake. Right now, I am intensely focused on my healing and I’m not ready to share the details of what I experienced that night. But I want to thank you very much for your thoughts, prayers and understanding.”

The family of a Nebraska woman hurt in what police call a random shooting say she’s in good spirits.

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Prosecutors say Marckenzy Edmond shot at two women walking separately at Standing Bear Lake in Omaha.

The first woman escaped unharmed.

The second, 33-year-old Shantel Thompson, was hit. She survived, but was critically hurt.

Sister station KETV spoke with two of Shantel’s cousins. One said she was with Shantel the night before the tragedy. They were together celebrating exciting news — graduating from law school. It was a dream come true for Shantel. There was just one step left.

“She was telling everyone I get my bar results on Monday, I get my bar results on Monday,” said cousin Sharee Bryson.

Bryson said when Monday came, she got the news that she passed the bar.

A few days later Shantel celebrated with cousin Carlina Thompson.

“I mean we just, we just had this joyous news. You know of our baby, passing the bar. Finally, you know,” Thompson said.

Just three days after passing the bar, Shantel was shot at Standing Bear Lake.

“We were in shock. I mean there just has to be a different Shantel. I mean it can’t be her,” Thompson said.

Police said Shantel was the victim in a random shooting.

While she survived, Shantel is now fighting to walk again.

“Gut-wrenching. That’s the word. Gut-wrenching. Couldn’t believe it,” Thompson said.

Even through the tragedy, her cousins say she’s not giving up. She’s in great spirits, determined to practice law.

“She’s practicing disability law. Irony of all of this, that’s just going to make her a better attorney, a great attorney. Who better to represent you than someone who has experienced something like this themselves?” Bryson said.

They say Shantel hopes to be released soon — but will have extensive therapy. And they will be by her side through it all.

“Like she said, this is a minor setback for a major comeback and she will be coming back,” Thompson said.

In a statement to KETV, Shantel said:

“Thursday, Oct. 14, marked seven days since the incident at Standing Bear Lake. Right now, I am intensely focused on my healing and I’m not ready to share the details of what I experienced that night. But I want to thank you very much for your thoughts, prayers and understanding.”

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