EL PASO, Texas — A witness to Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas says he carried lost children to safety during the incident.
Glen Oakley, who identified himself as a military member with a license to carry a gun, told reporters he was shopping at a Foot Locker nearby when he heard gunshots, according to MSN News.
Oakley reportedly pulled out his own gun for protection and headed towards the parking lot when he noticed a group of scared, unattended children.
He says he tried to get as many to safety as possible.
“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. Video of his interview has since been posted to Twitter.
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
“I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me,” Oakley added. “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.”
El Paso police said twenty people were killed and more than two dozen injured during the shooting. The suspect, a 21-year-old man, has been arrested.
The shooting is the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, and the fifth public mass shooting. Before Saturday, 96 people had died in mass killings in 2019 — 26 of them in public mass shootings.