According to a tweet posted by a La Jolla-based organization called the New Leaders Council, local Elaine Dang was injured in the mall shooting in the Kenyan capital, but is expected to survive.
The message posted to the group’s Twitter page Saturday read:
“Prayers to @NLC_LA alum Elaine Dang, injured in Nairobi. She expects a full recovery. #muchlove #NLCFamily”
A tweet posted by another company called Eat Out Kenya also referenced Dang in connection with the deadly shooting spree.
That tweet read:
“Sadly @eladang was wounded in the incident. She’s in hospital but so far we’re hoping for the best.”
Later, another tweet posted to the Twitter page for Eat Out Kenya read:
“Our team who was at #westgate today are safe and recovering at hospital. RIP to all the victims. Thank you for all the messages.”
Upon researching, NBC 7 San Diego learned that Dang currently serves as the general manager for Eat Out Kenya, a website that helps visitors and locals find the best restaurants and bars in Kenya.
A social media profile belonging to Dang indicates that she’s worked for the company in Nairobi since June.
On Saturday, the company posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“The EatOut Family is shocked and horrified at the incidents that have taken place today at Westgate Mall. We send our condolences to everyone who was in the Mall today, and to all the families of those who have been hurt and injured. Members of our team who were at the Mall are all stable and being looked after. We have lost friends today.”
The company also said they would be “closed until further notice.”
Address records indicate that Dang once lived in San Diego County. Her social media profiles say she graduated from Torrey Pines High School and then went on to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dang also appears to have worked for several humanitarian groups in California, including Teach for America and the National Leaders Council.
UPDATE: Elaine has posted to her twitter the above picture with the post: “Proof that I am OK – hanging out with some of my best friends in Nairobi.”
Thanks Gary Soup for the heads up!