Shally was jive dancing with her longtime dancing partner Saturday night when a gunman entered the studio and opened fire.
“We’re going to hide under the table,” recalled Shally, who only gave her first name, during an interview with Los Angeles ABC station KABC. “I think [my partner] He had already been shot, but he still didn’t realize it.”
Shally said he saw the shooter leave to get more bullets. When he returned, he reloaded the gun and opened fire again, she said.
“I said, ‘Lie down.’ We all lie,” Sally told KABC.
Shally said the shooter fled the scene and she turned to her partner, who she realized was unconscious. She tried to wake him up, but then saw that his hands were covered in blood, she said.
“I thought I had been shot too,” she told KABC.
Shally said he then realized that his partner had been shot in the back and the blood on his hands was his, from when they were hugging each other in fear while hiding under the table.
“‘Wake up, wake up,'” she recalled saying to her partner. “He was dead.”
Shally, who declined to name her dancing partner, said he was a good friend and they had danced together every week for about 10 years. She described him as a 62-year-old Asian man who had no family and said he was also a friend of her husband, whom she married a few years ago.
“He’s a great guy,” she told KABC about her dance partner. “We love to dance.”
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