A Florida student who was shot five times while trying to protect his classmates during the shooting last week survived.
Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was credited with saving lives.
“None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates,” Carlos Rodriguez, a close friend of Borges, told ABC News.
When the gunfire erupted on Feb. 14, Borges and nearby students ran to hide in a classroom. The gunman bore down on them, firing and hitting some of the students.
Borges was one of the last students who entered the room and was trying to lock the door when he was shot, Rodriguez said.
He held his ground even after being shot, putting his body between himself and all of his classmates, who ended up all surviving uninjured.
Borges underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
He received a visit from the Broward County Sheriff at the hospital on Sunday, Feb. 18.
The Sheriff was honored to visit Anthony Borges,15, in the hospital. Anthony was shot five times. Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas. pic.twitter.com/U0PVkEwpFZ
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 18, 2018
“Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed,” the sheriff’s office stated. “Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas,” the sheriff said.
A fundraiser has been started by Borges’ father Royer Borges.
It had already nearly completed its $200,000 goal as of Feb. 19.
“Anthony is a victim of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. During this unspeakable tragedy, Anthony was able to save about 20 other students as he attempted to close and lock the door to a classroom,” Royer Borges wrote.
“He was shot multiple times (both legs were shot, left upper thigh bone shattered and one bullet went through his back). He has a long road of recovery ahead of him but he is alive and stable.”
The shooting in Parkland left 17 people dead, mostly students.
A few other students besides Borges survived the shooting despite being hit.