The Golden Girls actress who survived an attack on her car while riding in a car with her family has told her story in an emotional interview for ABC News.
Rosa Parks, 59, had just been released from a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebra.
She was recovering Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the head.
She told ABC News she felt lucky to be alive and that she never wanted to die.
The shooting on June 24 that injured Parks, who was riding in the passenger seat, came just days after she and her daughters, Leslie and Gloria, were awarded a Golden Globe for their roles in the television series “The Golden Years.”
The Los Angeles Police Department said Parks was driving her car on Interstate 5, which runs along the California border, when a man who was driving his car fired a gun and struck Parks’ vehicle.
She sustained injuries to her neck and back and died.
The Los Angelenos for Justice, a nonprofit group advocating for the rights of women and girls, said Parks is now recovering in a rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.
The group said Parks’ mother, Mary Parks, had been at the hospital since the shooting and is undergoing chemotherapy.
The group also said Parks has no children.
“I’m so grateful to my family, friends, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, my agent, my attorney, and everyone else that helped me get through this terrible ordeal,” Parks said.
“It’s been a struggle.
I’m not complaining.
It was just the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
Parks had previously been a vocal advocate for women’s rights.
In 2011, Parks founded the nonprofit Women’s Justice League and helped organize the Women’s March on Washington.
In 2012, Parks also took part in a sit-in at the White House, where she sat for more than two hours.
She had been a staunch supporter of the Occupy movement.
“The first thing I learned in my career is you never take a protest without your lawyer,” Parks told ABC news in 2015.
“You don’t have to get your head blown off or any of the things you’re told.
You just have to have an attorney present.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also criticized the Los Angelinos for Justice for being too “political.”
“We’re glad to see this important news coming out of the Los Angels for Justice Center in LA, but we are deeply concerned that the organization has chosen to politicize the situation by trying to turn the attack into a political issue,” NAACP said in a statement.
The organization said the group will hold a news conference at noon ET (8 p.m.
PT) on Thursday to “express our concern over the actions of the LA County Sheriff Department.”
The group has said it is planning to “work with the LA Sheriff Department to ensure this incident is fully investigated and brought to justice.”
Polls family, sister, friend and family are mourning the loss of her, who is survived by three other daughters, sisters and a son.ABC News’ Ryan Devereaux contributed to this report.