In every tragedy in this country we find out about the heroes who risk their own lives to try and help or save others. Already, El Paso is no exception.
Glen Oakley is one of those heroes. Oakley was in the Cielo Vista shopping mall Saturday when shots rang out and the violence and tragedy began to unfold outside of the Walmart next door. He was shopping in Foot Locker and heard the gunshots, he said. When he went into the mall he saw children running in fear and confusion.
“It was a whole bunch of kids in there,” he told NBC affiliate KTSM. “I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me.”
“I pulled my gun out,” he told the reporter, because Oakley is a licensed gun-owner and had his weapon with him. “When I hear gunshots I just think … take cover, save whoever you can.”
Oakley told the reporters he is a member of the military, which no doubt helped with his reflexes and response to the life-threating situation. But Oakley’s concern wasn’t for himself, it was for the children.
“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 said.