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Shots rang out, and three lives collided

Tehachapi, California( CNN) A new participation ring adorns her thumb, and fresh congratulatory balloons float in the room. But in Rachel Sheppard’s hand is a reminder of the fright that also hangs in the air. It’s the bullet that was cut out of her back two days earlier — one of three that tore into her body last dropped in Las Vegas.

Sheppard was one of more than 500 people injured when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in October. Another 58 people died. That she lived, especially since one bullet rent into her aorta, is astounding. That she was home less than a month later and is walking around and able to talk about it is mind-blowing — not least of all to her.

“They said I was one of the most serious critical patients, ” she says of the staff at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, where she arrived by ambulance. “Nobody supposed I was going to make it.”

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