Shooting victim recalls harrowing attack

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Katarina Pitto, who is pregnant, is in good spirits despite having been the target of gunmen in a drive-by shooting in Pagat last week. Pitto spoke with PNC, sharing that she is just grateful that she and her cousin are alive.
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With her arms riddled with bullets and a bullet wound to her face, Katarina Pitto shares details of the morning she and her cousin were made targets of violence.

Katarina Pitto, who is pregnant, is in good spirits despite having been the target of gunmen in a drive-by shooting in Pagat last week. Pitto spoke with PNC, sharing that she is just grateful that she and her cousin are alive.

“That night, my cousin texted me that she got off from work around 1 a.m. I went and picked her up from work and we were heading home. When we went home, we didn’t know that there was a car behind us because their light was off,” Pitto recalled.

She says she doesn’t know how long the car was behind them, adding that she has never seen the vehicle before and wondering why someone would attack her, leaving her to believe that the shooting was random.

“They shot the back and then we thought our tire got flat so I stopped, put and put the car in park gear. When we stopped, the car just passed us and then they reversed and they went back and that’s when they started shooting at us,” Pitto recalled.

The gunman’s vehicle was tinted, preventing Pitto from getting a look at her attackers and as gunfire rained down on her vehicle, the only thing she remembers thinking is “God help us.”

Pitto says that after the shooting, the gunmen made a U-turn after passing them and she believes that they were turning around with the intent of continuing their assault. Already riddled with bullets, she took that opportunity to drive to safety.

“We saw the car come back after they passed us shooting. They turned somewhere and then came back but then they went straight because there was another car behind them and that’s when I told my cousin that we have to go home and she asked me if I can still drive and I said yes.”

She added: “I don’t know, maybe it’s all God, because my hands felt really heavy and I could not turn the wheel. But we made it home.”

During the shooting, Pitto tried to shield her cousin from being shot using her body. The incident left her with gunshot wounds to her right and left forearms. While those bullets have been removed, her left arm is broken in two places and her right arm is also broken and a bullet remains lodged in the left side of her jaw.

“We just came back from the x-ray and they say Friday that’s when they are going to work on the one on my face,” Pitto said.

As Pitto recovers, she shares that she is not fearful but instead hopeful leaving this message about the incident.

“I always pray to God whoever did that to us will turn themselves in,” Pitto said.

Police have not released any information regarding the case as the investigation continues.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.