San Bernardino shooting survivor says coworker gave his life to save her

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A survivor of Wednesday's San Bernardino mass shooting says she has her co-worker thank for saving her life.

Denise Peraza told CNN in a statement that 45-year-old Shannon Johnson used his body to shield her from gunfire.

In the process of saving Peraza, Johnson traded his life for hers when gunmen stormed Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino and killed 14 people.

Read: Attorneys: Family Members of Male San Bernardino Shooter Say They Knew Nothing of Massacre Plans

Peraza wrote:

"Wednesday morning at 10:55 a.m., we were seated next to each other at a table, joking... would have never guessed that only five minutes later, we would be huddled next to each other under that same table, using a fallen chair as a shield from over 60 rounds of bullets being fired across the room.

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A man hangs a sign reading 'We Love San Bernardino' before a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, December 3, 2015. Vigils were held all around the region to mourn the 14 victims of the previous day's mass shooting in San Bernardino. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, USA - DECEMBER 03: Flowers, laid by people who commemorates the victims, are seen as US Security Forces secure the area after a mass shooting that killed multiple people at a social services center for the disabled in San Bernardino, California of United States on December 03, 2015. Two suspects in a deadly mass shooting that killed 14 victims at a social services facility in California were killed after a confrontation with police, authorities said Wednesday. The initial shooting occurred earlier Wednesday when at least one shooter opened fire in San Bernardino at the Inland Regional Center, which provides services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. At least 17 others were injured. (Photo by Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People arrive for a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif for multiple victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People mourn during a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif for multiple victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A woman holds her hands together at a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, December 3, 2015. Vigils were held all around the region to mourn the 14 victims of the previous day's mass shooting in San Bernardino. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Katherine Vittorio (R) and her niece Sara Stringer (L) mourn the victims of a shooting rampage, at a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, December 3, 2015. Vigils were held all around the region to mourn the 14 victims of the previous day's mass shooting in San Bernardino. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Samar Natori (L), from Redlands, CA, with family and friends who are all Muslims arrive at a candlelight vigil at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, California, December 3, 2015. Vigils were held all around the region to mourn the 14 victims of the previous day's mass shooting in San Bernardino. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, holds a photograph of Daniel Kaufman, right, his boyfriend of three years who was confirmed as one of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. The image was taken at a renaissance festival. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 03: A woman holds flowers outside of the Inland Regional Center on December 3, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Police continue to investigate a mass shooting at the Center that left at least 14 people dead and another 17 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A photograph of Larry Kaufman, 42, who was killed, is displayed during a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif for multiple victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People attend a candlelight vigil for victims of a shooting, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

People hold candles during a vigil for shooting victims on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at San Manuel Stadium inSan Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A woman holds a sign for Robert Adams, who died in a shooting on Wednesday, during a vigil for shooting victims on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A woman cries during a candlelight vigil for shooting victims on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

People hold candles during a vigil for shooting victims on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at San Manuel Stadium inSan Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife opened fire on a holiday banquet, killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A woman cries during a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. for multiple victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A husband and wife opened fire killing multiple people. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A mourner holds a candle during a vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. for multiple victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A husband and wife opened fire killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A couple hugs during a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. for multiple victims of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A husband and wife opened fire killing multiple people on Wednesday. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Melissa Smith prays at a makeshift memorial on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. A husband and wife on Wednesday, dressed for battle and carrying assault rifles and handguns, opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, the couple died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chaplain Chuck Bender, right, prays with Michael Davila at a makeshift memorial honoring the victims of Wednesday's shooting rampage, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. The FBI said Friday it is officially investigating the mass shooting in California as an act of terrorism, while a U.S. law enforcement official said the woman who carried out the attack with her husband had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
People listen during a candlelight vigil at San Manuel Stadium, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif for multiple victims of of a shooting that took place at a holiday banquet on Wednesday. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday at the banquet, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
People pray at a makeshift memorial for the victims of a mass shooting near the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on December 4, 2015. The FBI said the mass shooting in California was being investigated as 'an act of terrorism,' amid reports the female assailant had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group online. Syed Farook, 28, and his 27-year-old wife Tashfeen Malik died in a shootout with police, hours after killing 14 people at a year-end party organized by Farook's employer in San Bernardino. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Lucina Quezado of Redlands, California wipes her eye as she prays at a makeshift memorial for the victims of a mass shooting near the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on December 4, 2015. The FBI said the mass shooting in California was being investigated as 'an act of terrorism,' amid reports the female assailant had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group online. Syed Farook, 28, and his 27-year-old wife Tashfeen Malik died in a shootout with police, hours after killing 14 people at a year-end party organized by Farook's employer in San Bernardino. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 04: People pray at a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. The FBI has officially labeled the attack carried out by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik as an act of terrorism. The San Bernardino community continues to mourn the attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left at least 14 people dead and another 21 injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Candles are seen at a makeshift memorial to the victims of a mass shooting, by suspects Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. The FBI said Friday the mass shooting in California was being investigated as 'an act of terrorism,' amid reports the female assailant had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group online. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I will always remember his left arm wrapped around me, holding me as close as possible next to him behind that chair

"And amidst all the chaos, I'll always remember him saying these three words, 'I got you.'"

Peraza was shot in the back but survived the attack.

Read: San Bernardino Shooters Were a Married Couple with a 6-Month-Old Daughter

Augusto Peraza, Denise's husband since April, told CNN his wife is doing well and recovering at home.

Peraza's touching tribute came Friday just as the FBI announced that the attack, carried out by Tashfeen Malik and husband Syed Rizwan Farook, was being investigated as a terrorist act.

Three U.S. officials say Malik even wrote a Facebook post declaring her loyalty to the leader of ISIS.

While ISIS has officially praised the couple as "supporters," the group has not taken responsibility for the attack.

For more on the the victims of the shooting, scroll through the gallery below:

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Dounia Omar sets up a poster showing the photos of 14 people killed in Wednesday's shooting rampage before the start of the memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. The FBI said it is investigating the rampage as a terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A picture of Juan Espinoza, a victim in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, is shown at an interfaith memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Pictures of Wednesday's shooting victims are displayed at a makeshift memorial site Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 in San Bernardino, Calif. Thousands of employees of San Bernardino County are preparing to return to work Monday, five days after a county restaurant inspector and his wife opened fire on a gathering of his co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding 21. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
San Bernardino County employees hold up photos of the San Bernardino shooting victims during a candlelight vigil on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. The husband and wife who opened fire on a social services center last week had been radicalized "for quite some time" and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one instance just days before the attack that left 14 people dead, the FBI said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

This undated photo provided by George Velasco shows Yvette Velasco. She was one of the victims of a shooting at a social service facility in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Courtesy of George Velasco via AP)

RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, holds a photograph of he and Daniel Kaufman, right, his boyfriend of three years who was confirmed as one of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
This 2014 photo provided by Greg Fox shows Larry Daniel Kaufman, left, with his boyfriend Ryan Reyes at Comic Con in Los Angeles . Kaufman was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Greg Fox/ via AP)
RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, left, is consoled by his mother Patricia Reyes after finding out his boyfriend of three years, Daniel Kaufman, 42, was one of those killed during Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Robert Adams. Husband to Summer. Father to Savannah. Described as "Remarkable and Ch.... https://t.co/mzM58oTZR7 https://t.co/liGssm0UPJ
My cousin's name is Isaac Amanios and he was a great human being. Thoughts and prayers are with my family back in CA.
RIP #Assyrian Bennetta BetBadal, who lost her life in yesterday's massacre in California. We can't escape. https://t.co/uqCRGSqKco
Sierra Clayborn, 27, a county Environmental Health Specialist. Had a biochemistry degree and a promising future. https://t.co/v5l3AfTTRy
Juan Espinoza's family says health inspector loved his job and also trained Syed Farook with restaurant inspections. https://t.co/zstLbjG1lX

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Damian Meins, 58, was retired. Was going to dress up as Santa for his family holiday pictures. https://t.co/0r6Uimrk00
Tin Nguyen,1 of 14 people killed in #SanBernadinoShooting.Friend remembers 31y/o Santa Ana woman having huge heart https://t.co/iF0dGkqLYK
One of the victims in the #SanBernadinoShooting Nicholas Thalasinos. His wife Jenn texted me this pic of them https://t.co/0p9xA5uUy7
Michael Raymond Wetzel. He was a husband and a father to six children. Think of his family and pray for them... https://t.co/oLg5xElY46
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