Tehama mom shot while shielding kids from shooter

- Stay-at-home mom Tiffany Pommathep and her three kids were among the victims shot and injured the day her neighbor, Kevin Neal went on a shooting rampage at Rancho Tehama School. 

"I saw him alongside me and he pulled out a rifle and then that's when I told my kids to duck," Pommathep said. 

Tiffany is now recovering at Enloe Medical Center from 5 gunshots to the shoulder and hip. She doesn't feel well enough to show her face on camera, but she's surrounded with support from her boys. 

10-year-old Johnny Jr. was shot twice in the leg. 6-year-old Jake was shot in the foot, and 2-year old Nikos has a shrapnel scar on his neck. 

Tiffany thought she was going to die as she frantically drove around asking people for help. She was bleeding and losing consciousness. 

"Found some more strength to open my window, my door and I hopped out to her and asked her 'Can you help? I'm shot. I'm dying, and my kids are in the car.' She said she couldn't help me because she only had a two-seater and she was late for work. That hurt my heart a lot to hear her say that."

The one who did help her that day was Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. 

"There are children involved. It's an emotional thing." 

Now, Tiffany's husband Johnny, just wishes something could have been done to stop his neighbor who says he threatened to kill before.  

"We're not mad. We're not angry. We just feel like things could have been prevented, but that's out of our control," he said. 

But tonight, he's just thankful to have his family. 

"We're one of fortunate ones. We can go home."

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