“My every thing was completely red”: Lady tells survival story in East TN pharmacy shooting


Jan Clift tells her story of surviving an East Tennessee pharmacy shooting. 4 persons had been shot. Two had been killed in the shooting. (Image: WTVC)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story includes video never ever aired previously, and which some may well obtain disturbing.)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) — If you survived an exceptionally violent crime, how would you invest the rest of your life?

In 2013, in the compact East Tennessee neighborhood of Bean Station, a man walked into a compact pharmacy with a gun.

He shot 4 persons. Two died from their injuries.

Jan Clift was shot in the head and survived.

“I believed, I am sweating so terrible, and I looked down,” Jan Clift stated. “I did not comprehend I’d been shot. Every thing I had, my footwear, my hair, my every thing was completely red.”

May possibly 23, 2013, Jan Clift had just began a new job as a pharmacy technician at Down Dwelling Pharmacy in Bean Station, Tennessee.

“It was on a Thursday morning stunning, stunning spring day,” Jan stated.

It was just immediately after 11AM. There had been 4 persons in the pharmacy: one particular buyer, the pharmacist, a further employee, and Jan Clift.

“He stated he wanted all of our blankaty blank Oxycontin, Oxycodone so forth,” Jan stated.

I asked, “So he was seeking for prescription level opioids?”

“Certainly,” Jan stated.

Jason Holt is the man who walked in that morning.

In 2013, Holt pleaded guilty to two counts of 1st degree murder and two counts of attempted 1st degree murder.

This is the surveillance video in the pharmacy behind the counter exactly where the shootings occurred.

Holt is now serving two life sentences plus 25 years with no possibility for parole.

Richard Sommerville just came in to get medicine for poison ivy that day.

Steve Lovell was the owner of the pharmacy.

Each had been shot and killed behind the counter.

“I looked more than and Steve was slumped and his eyes had been closed.” Jan stated. “I was attempting to grab his leg to shake him and I bear in mind praying and saying ‘God please. If it really is my time, take me with you, but if not inform me what I will need to do.’ Soon after that I never bear in mind seriously something.”

Now Jan Clift is telling her story. She speaks to groups about the state.

She describes the horrifying moments she survived on a morning in May possibly six years ago.

She also talks about what she believes requires to adjust in this fight to quit drug overdoses and addiction.

“Now I am obtaining my objective,” Jan stated. “I fight for persons who will need enable.”

The two largest regions exactly where she is pushing for adjust?

She says there requires to be a lot more clinics across the state exactly where persons can get enable to fight addiction in particular in rural regions.

She also says persons with chronic discomfort are getting hurt in this crack down on opioids. These people are obtaining it a lot more tough to get access to discomfort medication.

We’ll have a lot more on that element of the story and how Jan is carrying out now on Tuesday on NewsChannel 9.


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