A soldier obtained the Army Commendation Medal this week for his act of heroism throughout the El Paso, Texas taking pictures earlier this month.
Pfc. Glendon Oakley, a soldier with the first Armored Division Sustainment Brigade, was introduced the distinction throughout an awards ceremony at Fort Bliss on Wednesday after he helped to escort kids to security because the lethal El Paso taking pictures unfolded on August 3.
A gunman, recognized as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, opened hearth at a Walmart close to a Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso earlier this month, killing 22 and injuring dozens extra. Hours later, one other shooter killed 9 in Dayton, Ohio.
Oakley was buying at Cielo Vista Mall roughly 800 ft away from Walmart when the taking pictures started, based on the Army Times. First responders on the scene rapidly started evacuating residents from each the Walmart and mall places as authorities labored to comprise the state of affairs.
In his latest look on MSNBC, Oakley revealed that was buying at a Foot Locker within the mall when a baby got here into the shop and alerted consumers of the energetic gunman close by. Oakland, who possessed a weapons allow, instantly pulled out his gun and jumped into motion.
“I saw a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents … I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them with me,” he defined, including that he purchased panicked kids to law enforcement officials on the scene.
“You could hear all of the chaos going around, and that’s when I did what I was trained to do,” Oakley said in one other interview. “I quickly reacted and I thought to myself, ‘If my child were there, how I would want someone else to react?’ I just took action and tried to get as many kids as possible.”
“I just thought about keeping them as close as I could. A couple of them were jumping out of my hands, but the ones I could keep with me, I made sure that they made it to where they needed to be,” he added. “They were just scared, so I just did what I could do.”
Authorities are investigating a manifesto allegedly written by Crusius that accommodates anti-immigrant rhetoric and sympathy for the Christchurch gunman, who was concerned in lethal shootings at New Zealand mosques earlier this yr.
Democrats and Republicans have clashed in latest weeks over whether or not President Donald Trump’s inflammatory racial rhetoric had inspired the hate and violence within the El Paso taking pictures.
The president responded to the 2 shootings by asserting that “hate has no place in our country,” earlier than then promising that his administration would “take care of it,” with out detailing any plans to deal with gun violence.