Rosanne Solis, who survived the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, looks at her gunshot wound at her home in Sutherland Springs on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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Ramirez, 50, and Solis, 57, a longtime couple who live in First Baptist’s neighborhood, were sitting in their usual spot — fourth row on the left side — at the small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people were killed Sunday morning and another 20 were injured.
The couple had arrived around 11 a.m., when the service began. The church band had played at least one worship song, and church members were beginning weekly announcements. People were still greeting each other, hugging and waving toward one another.
Solis slowly rose. She looked to her left and saw a young boy on his stomach. He wasn’t moving. She looked behind her and saw a man splattered with blood, his arms waved behind him and his head tilted back. In front of her, a man holding a little girl screamed through tears.
Dozens of people lay on the ground.
“I thought Joaquin was dead,” Solis said.
She picked up her shoes, which had fallen off, slipped them on and walked outside. Police and medical personnel would soon arrive. It had only been about half an hour since service began.