ROSEBURG, Ore. — A survivor from the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon is breaking her silence.
“I really don’t know how I survived,” said student Tracy Hue. “I was actually planning on just, you know, waiting to see the black light. You know, just waiting not to see anything anymore.”
Tracy Hue lived because she played dead.
“I was, uh, sitting in the front of the classroom, uh, facing the teacher when that everything happened. He just came in and shot towards the back of the wall and told everybody to get in the center of the room,” she said.
It was one of her fellow students. He showed up on the fourth day of classes with guns, not books. He set his sight on Classroom 15 in Snyder Hall.
“He seemed happy about it. He didn’t seem stressed. He didn’t seem nervous,” Hue said. “But when he came in he told everybody to get on the ground. Everybody tried to huddle to the ground and then the girl in the wheelchair she tried to get. …she got off and tried to get down on the ground.”
Hue told CNN’s Sara Sidner that as the girl went on the ground, the shooter told her to get back on the chair, and as she tried to climb back on the chair he shot her.
Hue didn’t know it yet but the girl in the wheelchair was dead. He turned his attention to professor Larry Levine.
“He told the professor to get down on the ground as well. So he was trying to crawl down to the ground with us and he shot the professor and then he just started shooting everybody on the ground. And that’s when I knew that this is it. I’m probably gonna die. I probably won’t see my kids anymore. I probably won’t see anybody anymore,” Hue said.
Face down on the ground, hit by a bullet in the hand, she thought about her three children and waited to die.
“The warm of those blood that was all over me. [sic] That’s when I knew that it was real,” Hue said. “I remember whispering to one other person that was next to me, ‘You know he’s only one person, all of us we just got to do something about it, you know were all just gonna die.'”
But then she heard the shooter make a promise, he would spare one of the male students.
“He said, ‘You’re the lucky one. You know, I’m gonna let you live, but I’m gonna need you to go and tell the police everything that happened and give them this,'” Hue said.
He handed the man an envelope to give to police. And then started asking his victims about their religion.
“He just asked them, um, are you Christian, do you believe in God? And then they said yeah, and he said, ‘Good I’ll send you to God, um, you’ll be visiting god pretty soon.’ And he shoots them,” Hue said.
Today, Hue carries around a sad momento of that terrible day — her cell phone stained with the blood of other victims.