Kate Ranta met her ex-husband online. He was a captain in the Air Force, something that made Ranta feel like he could be trusted. “I felt like [the military] kind of weeded him out from the rest ... kind of vetted him,” Ranta said.
In the beginning, he was so helpful that Ranta nicknamed him “Mr. Fix-It,” and he got along well enough with her son from a previous relationship.
But after they had married and had a child of their own, things soon shifted to what Ranta described as emotional, psychological and financial abuse, forcing her to flee with their young son to an apartment she thought he wouldn’t find. “It was very subtle and insidious,” Ranta said. “People like to think ‘I’d know’ or ‘I’d see the signs,’ and I was probably one of them at one point. But the fact is, it’s not like these abusers court you and are waving their abuser flag right out of the gate.” The abuse escalated from there to stalking and vandalization of property, Ranta said. It ended on a Friday in 2012, when her former husband came to her new apartment and shot Ranta and her father multiple times each. “My then 4-year-old son that I had with my abusive ex was standing right behind us. So any of those bullets could have hit him,” Ranta said. “My son yelled ‘Don’t do it, Daddy. Don’t shoot Mommy.” Ranta and her father both survived their injuries, but their lives were changed dramatically. “People underestimate the toll that these injuries take … Every single day, I’m reminded about how I almost died.” Full Project—“Shattered: Live After Being Shot”— Link in Bio— Text by Alana Wise of @gunsreporting , stitch composite portrait by @tyronefoto @wamu885.
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