Seattle shooting update: Victim, Sarah Williams, says she's 'healing and getting stronger' each day

An Arizona girl who was injured in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University last week is "healing and getting stronger."

Sarah Williams, of Phoenix, released a statement Tuesday saying that she is healing and getting stronger each day.

While every day brings improvement, I have a long way to go for a full recovery. During that time, I truly do wish that everyone please respect my privacy and that of my family. We're interested in only one thing: being together and getting through this, the statement said.

My family and I send our love and prayers to the other victims and to Paul Lee's family. Also, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone here in Seattle, from the staff and my fellow students at Seattle Pacific University, to my roommates and friends, the police, to everyone here at Harborview and to the friends back home in Phoenix who are doing everything they can do to help me and my family.  It means a great deal for me to know that there are so many wonderful people in this world who care, and I cannot thank you enough.

Morgan Ringwald, a family spokesperson, said Williams is listed in satisfactory condition and that there is no timeline for her release.

Friends have also created a Facebook support page , as well as account on Fundrazr to raise money for Williams' medical expenses.

Authorities allege that the shooter, 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra, fired two shots with a 12 caliber double-barrel shotgun, killing 1 person and injuring two others on June 5. He was then pepper-sprayed and disarmed by student security guard, Jon Meis .

He is scheduled to be arraigned on June 23.

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