Shooting victim speaks after bullets hit her school bus

December 7, 2011 2:10:10 PM PST
Propped up in bed at Newark University Hospital, Terrie D'Angelo is bewildered.

"It's devastating to go through all this and not know what it was about," she says.

She was driving onto Woodside Avenue one week ago on Monday when she heard this: "Pop pop bang."

"It was a random bullet?" Eyewitness News reporter Michelle Charlesworth asked her.

"I would say, yeah," D'Angelo answered.

It happened about 5 pm outside Christ the King Catholic School. She was driving a van full of kids back to the academy.

"I said, 'what happened!?' Then I could feel my foot; it burned. I said, 'I've been shot! Call an ambulance,'" she remembers.

Inside were 3 girls and 3 boys.

"Were they helping you?" Eyewitness News reporter Michelle Charlesworth asked.

"Yes, but they ran; they were scared," D'Angelo said.

"When they came back, were they praying with you?"

"Yes, but they didn't know what to do ? it could have been any one of them," she said.

D'Angelo says her faith helps her, as do cards from her three grandchildren. They have been sending messages such as, "'I love you, Grammy."

"I am very grateful to be here to have my grandchildren and the cards... Why would someone do this? Life is too beautiful. Why? It's just too beautiful," she said.