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Library shooting victims getting stronger, Lubbock doctors say

Leonard Tapia
August 31, 2017 06:24 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- The doctors who worked on the four patients in Monday's Clovis public library shooting delivered good news. The three injured adults and the hurt 10-year old boy are getting stronger.

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Doctors in Lubbock, Texas met with reporters Thursday to discuss the condition of the four survivors. They are all doing much better, but it took some miracles.

The family of 10-year-old Noah Molina, the youngest victim, does not wish to release any information other than he is recovering and doing better. As for 21-year-old Alexia Molina, she was shot in both legs and had two more gunshot wounds in her torso.

"With the 21-year-old woman, I took to surgery. She had serious injuries," Dr. Steven Brooks said. "She had a gunshot wound to her chest and left-upper quadrant of the abdomen. I did wind up removing bullet fragments from the side of her body, but the wounds were shrapnel by then."

Meanwhile, doctors say a bullet literally traveled up 53-year-old Howard Jones' arm, damaging nerves along the way.

The fourth victim, who has requested privacy, is still in serious condition. She is on the mend as well.

Doctors credited first responders in Clovis for their smart-planning and getting the patients to the trauma center in Lubbock quickly.  The doctors said what the first responders did Monday afternoon helped to ensure their survival.  

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