Official: Injured border guard takes first steps

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 1:04 AM

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — A Canadian border official says a border guard who was shot and wounded by a Washington state man who then killed himself has been able to take her first steps as she recovers in a hospital.

Officer Lori Bowcock remained hospitalized in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area Thursday. She was shot in the neck Tuesday at a busy U.S.-Canada crossing north of Seattle. Canadian officials have said she's on her way to full recovery.

According to the Bellingham Herald, Kim Scoville of the Canada Border Services Agency's Pacific region said Thursday that the bullet missed major arteries. Scoville says a trauma surgeon who worked on Bowcock called her the "luckiest unlucky person" he had met.

Investigators say Andrew Michael Crews of Seattle was driving into Canada when he fired at Bowcock in her booth, then turned the gun on himself. He died at the scene.

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