Daughter of victim in Casselberry salon shooting shares her story



CASSELBERRY, Fla. - For the first time since a gunman shot four women inside a Casselberry hair salon, a witness and daughter of one of the victims told her story Tuesday.

Katherine Batista is one of four women who survived when authorities said Bradford Baumet stormed into the Las Dominicanas Salon in October.

Batista was the only woman who wasn't able to hide and still managed to make it out alive.

"There will be times when I'm driving my son to school and I have to pull over because I'm breaking down because I miss my mom," said Batista.

Batista talked Tuesday about surviving the shooting.

"This was our first time at this hair salon," said Batista.

She and her mother, Gladys Cabrera, were inside the salon when police said Baumet opened fire -- shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing three women. One of the women fatally shot was Batista's mother.

She recalled Baumet making phone calls to the salon that day and his ex, Marcia Santiago, talking about the injunction she filed against him.

"They were talking about details as far as the issue and why they were going to court, but you really don't pay attention," said Batista.

Fifteen minutes later she said Baumet showed up with a gun. 

Cabrera was shot in the head in front of her daughter.

“Even when I saw her at her last, at her last moment, she looked like an angel. I just admired her and I just waited for the cops to come," Batista said.

Six weeks later, Batista said she still has flashbacks of the scene, but found therapy in bringing awareness to domestic violence.

"I'm going to do whatever I can do. I couldn't save her life, but I do want to save others," said Batista.

Santiago was still in the hospital Tuesday night. 

Friends said she has improved, but still has a long way to go.




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