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Posted: 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. —
An Oakland mother who was shot and wounded shielding her children during a Christmas Eve church service told KTVU Thursday she wasn't scared by the shooting. The 38-year-old victim, Maria Teresa Cordova, said she felt no pain when she was shot; she spoke with KTVU from her hospital bed, where she was recovering from her wounds. Cordova was among as many as 100 people who were at a Christmas Eve service at the Centro Evangelistico Bethel Church in Oakland when several bullets from a drive-by shooting came through the walls. Cordova was there with her 7-year-old twin boys. She said her first instinct was to protect her children. "When I saw the bullet, I threw myself over them, so it might hit me and not them," Cordova said in Spanish. Cordova said doctors told her the bullet narrowly missed her heart and went through her intestines and part of her stomach. After three surgeries, Cordova said she's doing well and thanks God she's alive. Oakland police said a 17-year-old was shot outside the church and he is also expected to make a full recovery. Police are still looking for the shooters. The church did not appear to be the target. Cordova said she still has another three or four nights at the hospital before she'll be allowed to go home.
Parishioners were back at church Thursday night and showed their support for Cordova.
Cordova's pastor said it's a miracle she survived. The Assembly of God church leaders from Sacramento and San Francisco also came to the service to show their support.
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