Spc. Glendon Oakly said he was at a sporting goods store inside the Cielo Vista Mall when a child ran inside “telling us there’s an active shooter at Walmart.”
Oakly told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that no one took the child seriously because of his age and because he was talking about the Walmart nearby, not the mall where they were.
About five to seven minutes later, Oakly said he walked to Footlocker and heard two gunshots.
“I just thought about getting the kids out of the way,” he said.
Oakly said Footlocker closed the cage, but some people got it open. He saw many children running around without their parents, so he picked up three kids and ran as fast as he could.
“I wasn’t worried about myself,” he said. “I was just trying to get those kids out of there.”
Listen to Oakly’s account:
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