Texas Church shooting survivor, Rosanne Solis, told ABC News she was certain she was going to die when the gunman, Devin Kelley, unloaded a hail of gunfire on church worshippers this last Sunday.
“I am going to die, I knew I was gonna die, I knew ’cause the shots were going too close to my head,” she said. “… I didn’t want to die”
Rosanne Solis said that at first, everybody started screaming when the shooter began shooting, but then it grew silent as he made his way through the church, stopping to reload several times.
“He was shooting the people on the floor, they were on the ground already bleeding,” she said. “… They were scared. Nobody was about to say a word. … I would not even move, I would not even make a sound.”
She added: “You could hear a pin drop in there, silence. Real quiet. … I knew if I said something he was gonna kill me, he was looking for people to shoot more people to shoot.”
As she lay on the ground, Solis said she prayed for help and played dead so as not to attract the shooter’s attention.
“I played dead and I made sure that I hid myself good under [a] bench,” she said, adding that a boy and a woman hid with her.
When Solis was hit by one of the bullets, she said she didn’t even feel any ounce pain.
After help arrived, Solis said she saw bodies scattered around her as she stumbled out of the building. Twenty-six people died in the shooting, which is the worst mass shooting in state history. Eight members of the extended Holcombe family were among the dead.
Kelley, 26, later took his own life, according to officials. Authorities are yet to release a specific motive for the shooting.
Solis, who was shot in the shoulder and has been discharged, said she didn’t know why she survived but is thankful she did.
“I feel so sorry for the people that lost their loved ones,” she said.