Teen shooting victim responds with thumbs up

Posted at 2:23 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 17:36:12-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A simple squeeze of her mother's hand was enough to alert doctors that a 14-year-old victim of the mass shootings in Kalamazoo had survived the carnage.

State police Lt. Dale Hinz said initial reports were that the girl had died after being shot once in the head.

Her parents told Hinz on Sunday that after the hand-squeezing, a doctor asked the girl a question, wanting a thumbs-up response.

Hinz said "she gave him two thumbs up" and "it's a glimmer of hope in this otherwise tragic situation."

The Associated Press is not releasing the girl's name. Hinz said she remains in extremely critical condition.

Hinz said she was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with her grandmother and others when they were shot Saturday outside a Kalamazoo-area restaurant.