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Ontario police officer walks days after being shot in the head in Las Vegas mass shooting

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Only three days after Ontario police Officer Michael Gracia was shot in the head in the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday night that left 58 victims dead, a photo posted to Twitter showed the 24-year-old walking down the hallway of a Las Vegas hospital.

Officer Gracia from Ontario Pd, after being shot in the head, is walking. #VegasStrong #godisgood

— Sgt.Shelisa Williams (@SBCSDswilliams) October 4, 2017

“Officer Gracia from Ontario Pd, after being shot in the head, is walking. #VegasStrong #godisgood,” read the post from San Bernardino County sheriff’s legislative liaison, Sgt. Shelisa Williams.

The photo shows him walking hand-in-hand with his fiancee, Summer Clyburn, who was also wounded at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, confirmed Ontario police Sgt. Jeff Higbee. Her wounds were not life-threatening, he said.

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“Michael is showing steady signs of improvement as time goes on,” Higbee said in a news release. “He was able to get out of the hospital bed and walk the hallways in the hospital today. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for Michael and his family.”

The Ontario Police Officers’ Association has set up a fund for for the couple through the Ontario Public Employees Credit Union, Higbee added. The fund is called “Michael and Summer Gracia Fund.” Account #490244. Checks can be made out to the fund name and dropped off at the credit union, 202 West B St, Ontario, CA.

After Gracia was wounded, Summer tried to cover him and was shot as well, according to Jesse Rivera, a friend of Gracia’s from Bonita High School in La Verne who created a GoFundMe for the young parents.

“The love between those two are real and they are new parents and new parents shouldn’t be […]    

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