Survivor Recounts El Paso Shooting: ‘People Were Going Crazy’ | NBC News Now
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Survivor Recounts El Paso Shooting: ‘People Were Going Crazy’ | NBC News Now


MY HEART WAS WITH THEIR FAMILIES FAMILIES. FAMILIES.>>>EL PASO RESIDENTS HONORED>>>EL PASO RESIDENTS HONORED THE SHOOTING VICTIMS AT A VIGIL THE SHOOTING VICTIMS AT A VIGIL YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY. NBC NEWS NOW IS IN EL PASO NBC NEWS NOW IS IN EL PASO TALKING TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS. TALKING TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SEEING AND WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SEEING AND HEARING THERE. HEARING THERE. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW HEARTBROKEN YOU MUST BE. HEARTBROKEN YOU MUST BE.>>ALISON, IT’S ABSOLUTELY>>ALISON, IT’S ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING AND DEVASTATING. HEARTBREAKING AND DEVASTATING. AND HERE ON THE GROUND WE’RE AND HERE ON THE GROUND WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THOSE 22 LEARNING MORE ABOUT THOSE 22 VICTIMS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES VICTIMS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES SATURDAY HERE IN EL PASO. SATURDAY HERE IN EL PASO. BUT AS YOU JUST HEARD IN DAYTON, BUT AS YOU JUST HEARD IN DAYTON, WE’RE ALSO HEARING STORIES OF WE’RE ALSO HEARING STORIES OF THESE SURVIVORS, THESE TRUE THESE SURVIVORS, THESE TRUE HEROES, REALLY, WHO SPRANG INTO HEROES, REALLY, WHO SPRANG INTO ACTION TO HELP SAVE COMPLETE ACTION TO HELP SAVE COMPLETE STRANGERS. STRANGERS. GONZALEZ IS ONE OF THOSE HEROES GONZALEZ IS ONE OF THOSE HEROES WHO WAS AT THAT WALMART SHOPPING WHO WAS AT THAT WALMART SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES WHEN SHE SAW THE FOR GROCERIES WHEN SHE SAW THE SHOOTER ENTER. SHOOTER ENTER. SHE’S A TEACHER WHO WORKS AT A SHE’S A TEACHER WHO WORKS AT A LOCAL MILITARY BASE. LOCAL MILITARY BASE. SHE’S ALSO MARRIED TO AN ARMY SHE’S ALSO MARRIED TO AN ARMY CAPTAIN. CAPTAIN. SHE SAYS THOSE EXPERIENCES SHE SAYS THOSE EXPERIENCES HELPED PREPARE HER FOR THIS HELPED PREPARE HER FOR THIS MOMENT. MOMENT.>>WE WALK INTO THE WALMART, ME>>WE WALK INTO THE WALMART, ME AND MY MOTHER, AS USUAL, JUST A AND MY MOTHER, AS USUAL, JUST A NORMAL DAY. NORMAL DAY. AND THAT’S WHEN WE HEARD THREE AND THAT’S WHEN WE HEARD THREE GUNSHOTS. GUNSHOTS. SO I TOLD MY MOM TO WAIT HERE SO I TOLD MY MOM TO WAIT HERE AND SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON IN AND SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON IN FRONT. FRONT. THAT’S WHEN I SAW THE SHOOTER THAT’S WHEN I SAW THE SHOOTER WITH A BLACK SHIRT, KHAKI PANTS WITH A BLACK SHIRT, KHAKI PANTS AND WITH A GUN. AND WITH A GUN. HE WAS GOING TOWARDS A CHILD, IF HE WAS GOING TOWARDS A CHILD, IF I CAN REMEMBER, MAYBE 7, 8 YEARS I CAN REMEMBER, MAYBE 7, 8 YEARS OLD. OLD. THAT’S WHEN I STARTED TO SHOUT THAT’S WHEN I STARTED TO SHOUT OUT TO EVERYBODY TO FOLLOW ME OUT TO EVERYBODY TO FOLLOW ME AND TO GO TO THIS EXIT DOOR AND TO GO TO THIS EXIT DOOR WHICH IS IN BACK OF WALMART. WHICH IS IN BACK OF WALMART. AND THAT’S WHERE I WAS PUSHING AND THAT’S WHERE I WAS PUSHING EVERYBODY OUT. EVERYBODY OUT. LIKE WE NEED TO GET OUT. LIKE WE NEED TO GET OUT. WE NEED TO GET OUT. WE NEED TO GET OUT. PEOPLE WERE, YOU KNOW, GOING PEOPLE WERE, YOU KNOW, GOING CRAZY LOOKING AT THEIR PHONES, CRAZY LOOKING AT THEIR PHONES, NOT KNOWING WHERE TO GO. NOT KNOWING WHERE TO GO. AND I WAS JUST BEING PATIENT AND AND I WAS JUST BEING PATIENT AND VERY CALM AND JUST GETTING VERY CALM AND JUST GETTING EVERYONE OUT AS SOON AS EVERYONE OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. POSSIBLE.>>AND DID YOU THINK THAT YOU>>AND DID YOU THINK THAT YOU WERE GOING TO DIE INSIDE THAT WERE GOING TO DIE INSIDE THAT WALMART? WALMART?>>YES.>>YES. BECAUSE I WAS VERY CLOSE TO THE BECAUSE I WAS VERY CLOSE TO THE SHOOTER. SHOOTER. YES, I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO YES, I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. DIE. I EVEN CALLED MY WIFE AND I TOLD I EVEN CALLED MY WIFE AND I TOLD HER, IF I DON’T MAKE IT, I WANT HER, IF I DON’T MAKE IT, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU. YOU TO KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU. AND I TELL MY FAMILY AND MY AND I TELL MY FAMILY AND MY NIECES THAT I LOVE THEM, AND I NIECES THAT I LOVE THEM, AND I TOLD HER, I NEED TO HANG UP. TOLD HER, I NEED TO HANG UP. AND THAT WAS IT. AND THAT WAS IT.>>DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY>>DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY LIVES YOU SAVED? LIVES YOU SAVED?>>YES, I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY,>>YES, I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY, BUT — BUT –>>IT WAS A LOT.>>IT WAS A LOT.>>A LOT.>>A LOT.>>AND SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE>>AND SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE HAVE ACTUALLY FOUND YOU ONLINE AND — ACTUALLY FOUND YOU ONLINE AND –>>YES.>>YES.>>WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN SAYING TO>>WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN SAYING TO YOU? YOU?>>THAT I’M AN ANGEL.>>THAT I’M AN ANGEL. THAT I’M BLESSED. THAT I’M BLESSED. THAT IF I WASN’T THERE, I DON’T THAT IF I WASN’T THERE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. KNOW WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.>>LET’S END WITH JUST ONE THING>>LET’S END WITH JUST ONE THING THAT YOU — ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU THAT YOU — ONE MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND THE WORLD WOULD LIKE TO SEND THE WORLD FROM RIGHT HERE IN EL PASO. FROM RIGHT HERE IN EL PASO.>>WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS THAT>>WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS THAT FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LOST FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LOST THEIR FAMILY, I WISH I COULD DO THEIR FAMILY, I WISH I COULD DO MORE, BUT I COULDN’T. MORE, BUT I COULDN’T.>>ALISON, THAT’S WHAT’S SO>>ALISON, THAT’S WHAT’S SO HEARTBREAKING ABOUT HEARING HEARTBREAKING ABOUT HEARING THESE SURVIVOR STORIES. THESE SURVIVOR STORIES. WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY DID SO WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY DID SO MUCH, MORE THAN MANY OF US WOULD MUCH, MORE THAN MANY OF US WOULD BE CAPABLE OF IN THAT MOMENT. BE CAPABLE OF IN THAT MOMENT. AND, YET, AS YOU JUST HEARD, SHE AND, YET, AS YOU JUST HEARD, SHE STILL FEELS LIKE SHE DIDN’T DO STILL FEELS LIKE SHE DIDN’T DO ENOUGH. ENOUGH.>>I JUST CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE>>I JUST CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE WAKING UP TODAY AND THINKING WAKING UP TODAY AND THINKING ABOUT THAT AND REMEMBERING THAT ABOUT THAT AND REMEMBERING THAT EXPERIENCE. EXPERIENCE. MUST FEEL LIKE A NIGHTMARE FOR MUST FEEL LIKE A NIGHTMARE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. SO MANY PEOPLE. YOU WERE AT A VIGIL FOR THE YOU WERE AT A VIGIL FOR THE VICTIMS LAST NIGHT. VICTIMS LAST NIGHT. COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT WHAT WENT ON THERE AND WHAT THAT WHAT WENT ON THERE AND WHAT THAT WAS LIKE? WAS LIKE?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY. IF THERE IS A RAY OF HOPE IN ALL IF THERE IS A RAY OF HOPE IN ALL OF THIS, IT’S PROBABLY WHAT I OF THIS, IT’S PROBABLY WHAT I SAW AT THIS VIGIL LAST NIGHT. SAW AT THIS VIGIL LAST NIGHT. THERE WERE COMPLETE STRACHBLGNGE THERE WERE COMPLETE STRACHBLGNGE PEOPLE FROM THIS COMMUNITY PEOPLE FROM THIS COMMUNITY PRAYING TOGETHER. PRAYING TOGETHER. LED BY CLERGY FROM THE LED BY CLERGY FROM THE INTERFAITH COMMUNITY HERE IN EL INTERFAITH COMMUNITY HERE IN EL PASO. PASO. BETO O’ROURKE TOOK THE STAGE. BETO O’ROURKE TOOK THE STAGE. REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD TOOK REPRESENTATIVE WILL HURD TOOK THE STAGE. THE STAGE. HE ANNOUNCED HE IS NOT SEEKING HE ANNOUNCED HE IS NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION. RE-ELECTION. AND THEY SPOKE ABOUT THESE AND THEY SPOKE ABOUT THESE THEMES OF NEIGHBORLINESS, OF THEMES OF NEIGHBORLINESS, OF UNITY AND OF INCLUSION. UNITY AND OF INCLUSION. AND THEY SAY THOSE ARE THE AND THEY SAY THOSE ARE THE VALUES THAT UNITE THESE TWO VALUES THAT UNITE THESE TWO BORDER TOWNS OF EL PASO AND BORDER TOWNS OF EL PASO AND JUAREZ. JUAREZ. NOW ANOTHER THING, THOUGH, WE NOW ANOTHER THING, THOUGH, WE CAN’T IGNORE THE FACT THAT AN CAN’T IGNORE THE FACT THAT AN INCIDENT LIKE THIS SHAKES A INCIDENT LIKE THIS SHAKES A COMMUNITY THAT IS LARGELY MADE COMMUNITY THAT IS LARGELY MADE UP OF LATINO FOLKS. UP OF LATINO FOLKS. AND IMMIGRANTS. AND IMMIGRANTS. SO WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING SO WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE LATER ON ABOUT HOW THEY DEAL LATER ON ABOUT HOW THEY DEAL WITH THE FEAR THAT AN INCIDENT WITH THE FEAR THAT AN INCIDENT LIKE THIS CAUSES. LIKE THIS CAUSES.>>WE CAN SAY IT OVER AND OVER,>>WE CAN SAY IT OVER AND OVER, BUT IT’S ABSOLUTELY BUT IT’S ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING AND DEVASTATING.

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