17-year-old shooting victim: 'I thought I was going to die'

Sandrisha Wesley speaks to KATU News on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (KATU Photo)

Wrapped in bandages and propped on her couch, Sandrisha Wesley is on the road to recovery.

“It’s hard. I'm just trying to be strong,” she said.

The 17-year-old and her boyfriend were at home in Vancouver on Dec. 10 when they heard a knock at the door. Four men forced their way into the home, holding them captive.

“I tried to get away to the front door and some guy came up to me with a shotgun,” Wesley said.

It was a moment she will never forget.

“He said, 'Get on the ground, get on the ground.' And so I did,” Wesley said.

A second later that man shot her as she laid on the ground near her dining room table.

“I went into shock first, and then I looked at my leg and had a burning sensation and had to drag myself to my couch,” she said.

Two weeks later, Vancouver police officers, along with Clark County sheriff’s deputies, arrested one of the suspects, 20-year-old Andrew Adams-Mott, during a traffic stop on Interstate 5.

On Thursday, Adams-Mott appeared in court. But Wesley says Adams-Mott is not the person who shot her.

The shooting changed her life forever.

“My leg was only holding from one tendon; they shot my bone off,” she said.

Wesley says she's lucky and that someday she will be able to walk again, but she says the scars and memories will stick with her forever.

“It’s hard. I wake up every morning crying because I have to look at a scar. It hurts,” she said.

Sandrisha’s family has set up a You Caring page to help with Sandrisha’s mounting medical bills.

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