Glen Oakley Wiki
Glen Oakley is a military man turned hero for saving the lives of children in the El Paso shooting. Oakley was shopping at the Foot Locker in Cielo Visa Mall in El Paso, Texas, when he suddenly a “little kid” ran into the store and said there was “an active shooter in Walmart,” and while at first no one listening believed the young kid, people in the store suddenly the heard sounds of the shooting. Oakley heard “pop-pop,” grabbed his gun and ran toward Walmart.
Glen Oakley El Paso shooting
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
On August 3rd, 2019, at around 10 a.m. a mass shooting occurred at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas, United States. The suspect has been identified as Patrick Crusius.
Oakley, who said he has a license to carry a firearm, pulled out his gun for protection.
As he made his way out of Foot Locker, Oakley said, he said he saw kids running around alone in the mall, apparently lost in the confusion.
“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.
He said the anxious kids were squirming in his arms, so he just did what he could and ran out of the mall with them.
“It was a whole bunch of kids in there,” he said of the scene inside the mall. “I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me.”
Glen Oakley Military
As a military man, Oakley said that when he hears gunshots, his first thought is “boom boom, take cover, save whoever I can.”
Oakley said he is in the military, so he is trained to respond to threats.
“When I hear gunshots I just think … take cover, save whoever you can,” Oakley said.
Glen Oakley, who was near the El Paso Walmart, is in the military and he rushed to protect children during the shooting pic.twitter.com/FCpoZAInBv
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 3, 2019
But when asked how he feels about what he just experienced, Oakley could only think of one thing.
“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.
“I made my way out and when I got out, I guess one of the cops thought I was the shooter so I had to show them I have a license to carry.” Oakley tweeted about this moment, while stuck inside the Foot Locker. He wrote, “Cops took my gun, 9mm silver and black glock . When I heard gunshots I quickly pulled my shit out and started running. Showed them my license to carry and showed them my clip was still full. I’m fine but I’m stuck and can’t go anywhere.
Patrick Crusius was captured in the CCTV
Police released surveillance images of alleged shooter Patrick Crusius entering the Walmart store, holding a long gun and wearing ear protection muffs that are commonly used in target shooting.
The images were published by KTSM and shared across social media. The young man in the images wore cargo pants and a black shirt, matching the description of the El Paso shooter that witnesses had shared.
President Trump Statement
Terrible shootings in ElPaso, Texas. Reports are very bad, many killed. Working with State and Local authorities, and Law Enforcement. Spoke to Governor to pledge total support of Federal Government. God be with you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2019
President Trump was briefed about the situation and issued a message via Twitter. Representative Veronica Escobar also issued a statement through Twitter after being briefed about the situation during a town hall meeting. Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 Presidential election, Beto O’Rourke cut his campaign tour short and returned to his hometown of El Paso.