On Saturday afternoon local time, a gunman killed 20 people in a crowded Texas Walmart where many shoppers were purchasing back-to-school supplies.
The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Dallas native Patrick Crusius, who was arrested at the El Paso shopping mall after his attack.
Glen Oakley, who has been hailed a hero for trying to save kids during the rampage, has recalled a child who tried to warn shoppers of an active shooter, but who was largely ignored.
“I was buying a jersey and a little kid ran in there and started telling us there was an active shooter in Walmart,” Oakley, a man who happens to be in the military, told an American journalist.
“We didn’t pay him no attention because for one, he was just a little kid and for two, we were at the mall, the Walmart so we didn’t pay him no mind.”
Oakley explained he then walked to Footlocker, where he heard the first gunshots.
“I don’t know how the kid knew about the shooter but he was running around trying to tell people and they were paying no attention,” Specialist Oakley recalled.
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