Yesterday, a gunman shot and killed 20 people in a Walmart and the nearby Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. Twenty-six others were wounded. It was the 249th such shooting in 2019.
Mass shootings are horrific events and there’s usually no bright spot, but yesterday’s shooting at least had one hero—Glen Oakley.
This is Glen Oakley.
He was in the @FootLocker when the El Paso shooting happened. When he ran to leave, he saw kids in the mall without their parents, scared and alone.
So he picked up as many as he could and carried them to safety.
— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) August 3, 2019
Oakley, who told local news station KTSM he’s active duty military, says he helped get children to safety. He was in the Cielo Vista Mall when the shooting started and noticed frightened children separated from heir parents. He decided to help.
“I got my bag in my hand, so I was just trying to pick them up one by one, as many as I can and just run out,” Oakley told a local KTSM reporter.
“It was a whole bunch of kids in there,” Oakley said. “I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me.”
Oakley credited his military training with his quick response time under pressure.
“When I hear gunshots I just think … take cover, save whoever you can,” Oakley said. “I wasn’t really worried about myself. It just brings back flashbacks of, ya know … I just hope those kids are alright, that’s all I’m thinking about right now is those kids. I’m not even worried about myself,” he continued.