Elizabeth City woman survives rampage in Kenya - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Elizabeth City woman survives rampage in Kenya

Posted: Updated:
NAIROBI, Kenya -

A woman who escaped the shooting rampage at a mall in Kenya is now talking about the ordeal after her family was terrified to learn through a text that she was at the site of an active shooter.

That's all Lue Malakia knew about her daughter, who was trapped in a shooting rampage at a mall in Nairobi.

"I was scared to death I was going to get a call saying she was dead," Malakia said.

Her daughter, 30-year-old Bendita Malakia, moved from Elizabeth City to Kenya to work for a financial company, said the gunmen barged in the terrace where she was eating and started shooting.

"We stood up and started to turn and we heard machine guns then we started to run and there was a second explosion which knocked us on the ground," she said.

Malakia and her friend made it inside a store, where dozens of people were hiding and hoping the gun shots wouldn't come their way.

"You could hear while we were back there them methodically going from store to store talking to people, asking questions, shooting, screams then it would stop for a while. Then they would go to another store," she said.

In the meantime, Malakia's mother was glued to the news, feeling helpless.

"And I couldn't get to her.  I couldn't make the wrongs right," the mother said.

After more than four hours, Malakia and the others were rescued by American security forces and the Kenyan army.

Her mother was horrified to learn what her daughter lived through.

"She said in between times,  you could hear people that had been shot, that were in pain," the mother said. "You could hear that, she said."

Malakia won't let herself feel the hurt, the pain, or the terror she felt inside the mall – only gratitude that those words weren't the last she shared with her mother.

"It was completely luck because we were on the ground floor, easily accessible," she said. So I think part of it was luck.  We did a lot of praying in there."

Meanwhile, the number of those killed in the attack has risen to 68 and at least 175 were reported injured. Kenya's military announced late Sunday that its security forces have retaken most of the mall from the attackers and rescued most of the hostages.

  • North Carolina NewsMore>>

  • Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

    Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:19:57 GMT
    Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse cares for a patient at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia. (Samaritan's Purse)Dr. Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse cares for a patient at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia. (Samaritan's Purse)
    Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.
    Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.
  • NC man arrested in 20-year-old rape case

    NC man arrested in 20-year-old rape case

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:37:26 GMT
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detective say they have arrested a man for his part in a 20-year-old sexual assault case.
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detective say they have arrested a man for his part in a 20-year-old sexual assault case.
  • Republican leaders: NC budget raises teacher pay $3,500

    Republican leaders: NC budget raises teacher pay $3,500

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:28:59 GMT
    Republican Leaders announced Tuesday they have reached a budget deal, one that includes 7 percent raises for teachers and preserves teacher assistants.
    Republican Leaders announced Tuesday they have reached a budget deal, one that includes 7 percent raises for teachers and preserves teacher assistants.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • MORE DETAILS: Family Releases Statement on Father, Daughter Death

    MORE DETAILS: Family Releases Statement on Father, Daughter Death

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:51:17 GMT
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
  • SunCruz Casino ship abruptly shuts down in Little River

    SunCruz Casino ship abruptly shuts down in Little River

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:18:42 GMT
    SunCruz Facebook pageSunCruz Facebook page
    One of the only two offshore casino ships in the Grand Strand closed down suddenly on Monday. SunCruz Casino, which sailed from Little River, “ceased all operations” on Monday, according to a message left on their business phone line.
    One of the only two offshore casino ships in the Grand Strand closed down suddenly on Monday. SunCruz Casino, which sailed from Little River, “ceased all operations” on Monday, according to a message left on their business phone line.
  • Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:33:26 GMT
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.