Pierce student survives shooting

Tanisha Saunders poses at the 8th Annual Woodland Hills Relay For Life at Pierce College on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Photo: Travis Wesley
Tanisha Saunders walks to accept the President’s Award during Student Awards Brunch at Pierce College on June 7, 2016 in Woodland Hills, Calif. Photo: Travis Wesley.

Former Pierce College student Tanisha Saunders and her brother Domonique Pryor were shot on Wednesday, Aug. 9. They are now in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital, per the family’s request.

A third victim died while reportedly trying to protect Saunders and Pryor.

Saunders, who was the 2016 Pierce Commencement speaker underwent surgery today.

Saunders’ family friend La Mikia Castillo started a GoFundMe page to help cover the family’s medical expenses.

According to the family’s GoFundMe page, Saunders lost her father due to gun violence last year.

Dozens of comments filled Saunders GoFundMe page from family and friends who donated.

Currently working at California State University, Dominguez Hills Library, Saunders was actively involved at Pierce, volunteering, being a part of the Associated Students Organization (ASO) and working with several departments to help spread diversity throughout the campus.