UF law student injured in Las Vegas mass shooting

Kristin Babik recovering in Las Vegas hospital
Posted at 2:40 PM, Oct 03, 2017

People gathered outside the City Hall in Gainesville to pray for a University of Florida law student who was caught in the crossfire in Las Vegas. 

A chime rang 59 times to serve as a heartbreaking reminder of every life lost during a raid of rapid gunfire Sunday night. 

"It's surreal, it's hard to even wrap my brain around that this has happened again and the worst one yet," Beverly Anderson said at Monday night's vigil. 

The group of about 60 people lit candles to remember all victims hurt or killed in the mass shooting. 

As gunfire rained down over a crowd of concert-goers, Kristin Babik, who grew up in Gainesville, was caught in the chaos as a bullet narrowly missed her organs and spine. 

Babik is in stable condition, but suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs. 

"It's good to be able to be here," said Shian Knuth. "It's good to be able to communicate with her family because, you know, they don't know what's going on and that's really scary."

ABC Action News spoke with Knuth, a sorority sister who has been at Babik's side while she recovers at a Las Vegas hospital. 

"She seems to be a lot more lively this afternoon. She's in a lot of pain."

The third-year law student interned in Las Vegas last summer. A trip back for a weekend of country music turned into a near-death experience. 

"She said that everyone was helping each other out to get away, you know, people were moving people that needed help getting away," Knuth said. 

A fundraising page dedicated to Babik has already raised more than $10,000 since Monday morning.