Hollins speaks about UVA shooting
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- “It was just a cold look,” said Mike Hollins, a victim of the shooting at the University of Virginia that killed three members of the football team.
That's how he described the expression of Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr. moments before Jones allegedly shot him in the back. Hollins talked with ABC's Michael Strahan.
“I knew in that moment that God had his hand on my life. It just felt so surreal. Knowing I’m in the middle of, you know, UVA campus, a place where I felt really safe before,” Hollins said.
He says he turned to his faith once reality struck.
“I knew I wasn’t going down without a fight, and I found a pre-med student and that was God again. She was there to help me she kept me calm, you know kept my breathing under control and was checking my pulse until the ambulance came,” Hollins explained.
Hollins says he didn’t even know the shooter, seeing him for the first time that morning when the students boarded the bus for a field trip to Washington, D.C.
With severe injuries, he went into surgery as soon as he arrived at the UVA Health System.
“I got hit in the small intestines, kidney, and they were trying to see if it damaged my bladder. By the grace of God, it missed my spine by I think two centimeters or something like that,” said Hollins.
It wasn’t until two days after the incident that he learned his friends had died.
“I’ve never cried like that before. I mean I really, I lost a brother that day. I loved Lavel [Davis, Jr.] with all my heart, loved Devin [Chandler] with all my heart but D’Sean [Perry], it was different with him. Man, that was my brother,” Hollins shared.
Losing his friends has given him a new perspective
“I’m not afraid to tell my friends or my teammates I love you, you know, looking forward to seeing you again,” Hollins said.
Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr. is scheduled to appear in court again on March 30.