CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- University of Virginia running back Mike Hollins, who was one of the people hurt in the Nov. 13 shooting, is on his way to recovery.

"He's walking," said Ebony Hollins-Allen, Mike's sister.

It's been a hard week for her, but there are positive signs coming out. 

"I'm so thankful. I'm so thankful," Hollins-Allen said while sobbing.

In an emotional interview, Hollins-Allen gave updates on her brother's condition after a bullet, allegedly fired by Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., entered through his back and exited through his stomach.

"We've talked, he's talking. He's talking," she said.

With uttered words, Mike is now asking the friends he tried to help.

"When we had to break the news, he was devastated as we all are. The whole nation is watching and we are all devastated," said Hollins-Allen.

She was devastated when news came out about the shooting, but then she learned her brother was also a victim.

"My heart just dropped," she said.

She and other family members rushed to Charlottesville.

She recounts the moment she first saw him.

"Seeing my brother, seeing my brother in that condition, it was breathtaking. I've seen him injured, he's a football player. He's played sports for a very long time, but I have never seen him in that type of condition," Hollins-Allen said.

But through the pain and suffering, Hollins-Allen says Mike remains strong.

"Seeing his progress, everybody is, everybody is amazed at how much, how fast he's progressing. And I believe it's because he's determined he's. He's, he's determined,” she said.

While doctors have not provided a timeline on when Hollins could leave the hospital, Hollins-Allen called her brother's progress remarkable and says she hopes it is an indication of what lies ahead.