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Young woman shot in Cedar Rapids Friday shares her story

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Kirsten Meyer never thought she'd be spending part of her senior year of high school in a hospital bed.

"The first couple days were scary," said Kirsten. "I was in a lot of pain."

Kirsten was shot Friday afternoon at a Cedar Rapids gas station. According to police, the alleged gunman was trying to shoot her boyfriend, Rodney Burt, who was in the SUV with her.

Meyer says Brandon Gordon pulled up, asked where someone was, and when the two said they didn't know, the gun came out.

"As far as I'm concerned, he just got mad or something went off in him that made him want to shoot me," said Kirsten.

She says she was sitting between the two young men.

"I really don't think he intended to shoot Rodney, though, because I was completely in the way of Rodney," said Meyer. "I think he clearly knew he was going to shoot me."

Her mom says when she got the call, she got to the hospital before even the ambulance arrived.

"No mom expects that," said Michelle Meyer, Kirsten's mother. "No mom should have to have that."

Then, the Meyers learned the alleged shooter was mistakenly allowed to post bond due to a computer error.

Kirsten was worried.

"If he'd shoot a random girl I don't know what would stop him from doing anything else."

Now, he's back behind bars with a much higher bond.  Her family says instead of focusing on the anger, they're counting their blessings.

"I didn't want to lose what God had given me," said Michelle. "He gave me her. That's all I wanted."

Kirsten is feeling better and the family is grateful for all the support they've received.

"It definitely helps you heal quicker knowing so many people are wishing for you to be better, you know, and praying for you," said Kirsten.

Kirsten was able to leave the hospital Wednesday. She says she's going to take some time to recover at home for a while before returning to school.

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