Franco was shot while riding in the backseat of her uncle’s car, she said, by a man in the street holding a gun directly at the car’s windshield. One of the bullets went through the trunk and the backseat cushion, hitting her in the lower back.
“All of a sudden I felt heat in my back and I thought, ‘I just got shot in the back,’ ” she said.
Nine bullets hit the car but she was the only one injured.
Franco claimed that the man was blocking the street in an attempt to rob cars.
“I told myself as I was laying down, ‘You say you’re strong. Now is the time to prove it,’ ” she says in her video.
Franco’s uncle drove the car away and got her quickly to an emergency room.
“I just told myself, ‘Jo, just calm down. There’s nothing you can do so just open your eyes, breathe deep and calm down,’ ” she said on the video of her arrival to the ER. “Then they put me through the machines and all the kinds of thoughts go through my head: ‘Will I be paralyzed? Is this my last day? What were the last things I said to my loved ones?’"
Franco made it out okay, but the bullet remains in her back; doctors said that it was close enough to her spine that it was safer if they didn't remove it.
Franco, who vlogs about traveling on her YouTube channel, was in town for Carnival. An immigrant to America from Brazil, Franco said she wanted to assure people that this shouldn’t scare then from traveling to Rio de Janeiro.
“This is just one particular story, not to scare you,” she said. “I would never want people to not come to my home country that’s so beautiful.”