Mass Shooting Committed in El Paso, Armed Bystander Springs To Action
A mass shooting terrorized an El Paso Shopping center on Saturday.
The alleged shooter, 21 year-old Patrick Crusius, killed 18 people during this massacre.
A good Samaritan, Glen Oakley tried to intervene in this situation. Oakley was shopping at the Cielo Vista Mall when he heard gunshots at the Walmart next door.
He noticed kids running out of the Walmart. He told the NBC affiliate KTSM, “It was a whole bunch of kids in there. I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me.”
He told the reporter, “I pulled my gun out” and noted that he was a licensed gun-owner with a weapon on him. Texas is one of many states that has licensed concealed carry, and has among the laxest concealed carry laws in the nation. He stated, “When I hear gunshots I just think … take cover, save whoever you can.”
Oakley, however, was more concerned about the children’s safety than his.
He stated, “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.
WATCH the interview:
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