A Ukrainian woman living in crime-ridden Portland has shared a bloody video of her bullet-shattered face after being caught in a horrific crossfire in broad daylight.
Katie Guzenko, 27, was driving her car in the afternoon when she was suddenly shot. The bullet shattered the glass, entered her nose, then out through the driver’s side window.
Horrific footage from July 20 shows the woman hyperventilating and pouring her own crimson blood over her face before realizing what happened to her.
Thick layers of blood poured from her wounds in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, seen in a clip recorded by Katie in her car.
She is now advocating for more action on gun violence in Portland, Oregon, after her family, living in war-torn Ukraine, said they feared for her safety in the US.
It comes as progressive Democrat-led policies in America’s waking cities two years after the vote to cut police funding are struggling to stem violent crime.
Katie was driving near Southeast 130th Avenue and Powell Boulevard in Portland to run errands when she was caught in the shooting.
Katie Guzenko, 27, was driving her car in the afternoon when she was suddenly shot, when the bullet went through her nose and exited the car through the window
The Ukrainian woman, who lives in the Portland suburb of Gresham, filmed blood seeping down her face after she was shot by someone on the street on July 20.
She is now on her way to recovery, but has become an activist to get the city to do more about gun crime
In a video she recorded, her face bloodied, she says to a stranger, “I’m so scared. I was driving and I heard shots.’
A stranger, who quickly came over to help, tried to calm her down and said, “It’ll be all right.”
Katie takes a deep breath and says, “Someone shot me through my car.”
It is believed that Katie’s face was pierced by the bullet during a gang-related confrontation by two people standing on opposite sides of the street.
Footage shows the passenger window of Katie’s car was shattered by a bullet, which passed through and struck her before going out of her open driver’s window.
In the aftermath, Katie told KATU that her family who lived in Ukraine contacted her to see if she was okay, despite being in the middle of a war with Russia.
She said: ‘My family contacts me to make sure I’m okay when they are in a war zone.
Katie said her family – who lives in war-torn Ukraine – fears for her safety after she was shot while driving her car
The bullet pierced the car window, traveled through and hit her in the face during the ordeal. Portland police data shows there were an average of 30 shootings per month in 2019, but now the number of shootings in the city has reached 112
A stranger, who rushed over to Katie to help her, tried to calm her down and said, “It’s going to be okay.”
“These wounds you see on my face are the result of a 40-caliber bullet going right through my nose.”
The day after Katie’s horrific ordeal, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a gun violence emergency and set a goal of reducing the number of shootings and gun-related deaths in the city by 10 percent over the next two years.
Katie told city commissioners, “Ted Wheeler’s plan to reduce gun violence by 10 percent in two years is an incredibly low target compared to how much it has increased.
“Mayor, since you’ve called us a gun violence emergency, I feel like very little is being done.”
She added: “The problem has tripled and we are trying to reduce it by 10 percent. It doesn’t seem like a good cause to me.’
Portland police data shows that there were an average of 30 shootings per month in 2019, but now the number of shootings in the city has reached 112.
Katie’s bloody ordeal after being shot through the nose. In 2019, there were only 36 homicides in all of Portland, but that rose to 57 in 2020 and 92 in 2021 – breaking the historic record
Portland has already had 22 homicides since the beginning of 2022, up from 19 in the same period last year and is projected to be down to about 130 by the end of December. If it reaches 126, 2022 will surpass the 2021 record, with 92 homicides – breaking the 34-year record of 70 homicides in 1987
The Portland Police Department also reported that of the 22 murders this year, all but one were gun-related. Portland’s 21st homicide occurred in the daytime in Dawson Park, a third homicide there in the past 15 months.
In addition to the rising homicide rate, the city has also seen a significant number of shootings in the first two months of the year, totaling 264, up from 190 at the same time last year. Gun-related injuries have also risen – 68 compared to 64.
Portland saw a dramatic increase in shootings and murders after George Floyd’s death. The city saw its homicide rate increase by 250 percent in the first six months after Floyd’s death, and the number of shootings rose by nearly 175 percent.
In 2019, there were only 36 homicides in all of Portland, but that rose to 57 in 2020 and 92 in 2021 — breaking the historic record.
Violent crime has risen across the board in the Rose City, with assaults, kidnappings and rapes all soaring.
The total number of crimes rose from 9,600 in 2020 to 10,200 in 2021, an increase of almost six percent.