Munley's father: "She's real tough. She'll pull through this." - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Munley's father: "She's real tough. She'll pull through this."

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - While Dennis Barbour attended a business meeting in Virginia Beach Thursday afternoon, his 34-year-old daughter, Kimberly Munley, was in the process of saving dozens of lives by shooting the man who opened fire at Ft. Hood in Texas.  Barbour had no idea what took place on the base until hours after it was over.

"I called her cell phone," said Dennis Barbour Friday in his home of Carolina Beach.  "She called me back after her surgery."

Barbour, the former mayor of Carolina Beach, says his daughter is expected to be okay.  She was shot, but managed to shoot gunman Nidal Hasan four times and end his shooting spree that took the lives of 13 people and injured dozens more.

Barbour says the past twelve hours have given him time to come to grips with what took place, but he'll never understand how this happened in the first place.

"Why would anyone in their right mind start something like this?" Barbour asked in an interview Friday afternoon.

Barbour says he's very proud of his daughter, who at one time served the city of Wrightsville Beach as a police officer.  He says you can't prepare for a moment like this as a father.

"You just have to make yourself strong and deal with it," said Barbour.

Barbour says his daughter does not have any ill will toward the gunman and she is upset at the loss of life that took place at Ft. Hood.  He asked everyone to continue to pray for all the families whose lives were affected by the shootings Thursday.

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