Man Gives Out Free Pizza to People Donating Blood After El Paso Massacre

August 4, 2019 Updated: August 4, 2019

Hundreds of El Paso residents have heeded authorities’ calls to donate blood in the wake of the Walmart massacre that left dozens dead.

Following the mass shooting at an area Walmart on Aug. 3, El Paso police took to Twitter to announce: “blood needed urgently.”

According to reports, some donation centers were overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up to donate blood.

As people lined up for hours outside an El Paso donation center, one man was caught on camera doing his part to ease the burden for those waiting to donate by offering them free pizza.

The good Samaritan, whose identity remains unknown, was recorded walking along the queue holding up a pizza box and offering people complimentary slices so they wouldn’t go hungry.

Footage of the kind gesture was shared on social media.

People praised the young man’s actions.

“For every evil person out there, there are many more good people,” one person wrote.

“Some good people right here. Thank you,” wrote another.

Another tweet showed stacks of supplies, with the caption noting that “Blood banks across El Paso have hit capacity and are filled with all kinds of support.”

Another tweet showed people donating blood.

The El Paso Walmart shooting is the 21st mass killing in the United States in 2019, and the fifth public mass shooting.

Before Saturday, 96 people had died in mass killings in 2019—26 of them in public mass shootings.

Army Vet Hailed a Hero for Saving Children During El Paso Massacre

Another man who has been praised for his actions during the El Paso shootings is retired US Army specialist Glendon Oakley, who carried several children to safety moments after the first shots were fired.

The army veteran told reporters how he tried to take terrified children to safety in the wake of the chaos of the El Paso Walmart massacre.

In one of America’s bloodiest mass shootings, a gunman killed at least 20 and wounded 26 others on Saturday, including a young mother killed holding her 2-month-old son.

U.S. Army specialist Glendon Oakley told reporters he was shopping at a sporting goods store inside the Cielo Vista Mall when terror struck. He described to an MSNBC reporter how after gunfire rang out, he tried to pick up and carry as many children as he could and usher them to safety during the deadly rampage.

“I see a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents,” Oakley told an MSNBC reporter. “I got my bag in my hand I’m trying to pick up as many as I can and run out.”

‘I Hear ‘Bop! Bop!’

According to Task and Purpose, the 22-year-old Oakley is an Army automated logistics specialist assigned to the 504th Composite Supply Company, 142nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Oakley told Task & Purpose in a phone interview that he a young child burst into the store shouting about an active shooter.

“The guy at the register and I sort of looked at each other,” Oakley said. “He’s a little kid … are you going to believe him?”

Oakley told an MSNBC reporter that moments later he heard the sound of gunfire.

“I walked out the mall to go to Footlocker,” he told MSNBC, adding, “I hear ‘Bop! Bop!'”

Oakley told Task & Purpose he immediately drew his Glock 9mm, for which he said he has a concealed carry permit. “That’s what you do,” he told the publication. “You pull your gun, you find cover, and you figure out what to do next.”

He said store employees initially pulled down the store’s metal security gate but later they decided to lift it up and try and flee to safety. Oakley told Task & Purpose he followed the group with his firearm drawn, serving as a rearguard.

‘Just Focused On Those Kids’

The army vet said that on his way out he spotted a group of children running around in a panic with their parents nowhere in sight.

“I got my bag in my hand. I’m trying to pick them up, as many as I can, just run out,” Oakley told MSNBC. “But they’re so anxious, they’re, like, jumping out of my hands.”

Oakley said he managed to carry a few of the children out of the shopping center and to safety.

“I didn’t even think. I just grabbed as many kids as I could and ran five stores down to the exit,” he told Task & Purpose. “I wasn’t focused on myself, and I wasn’t focused on my surroundings … I was just focused on those kids.”

He admitted that during the ordeal, he was “scared for my life.”

“I heard four kids died,” he told Task & Purpose. “I wish I could have gotten more kids out of there. I wish those guys who ran would have stayed … I just think, what if that was my child? How would I want some other man to react?”

Oakley said when he emerged from the mall, he was met by police with weapons drawn.

“When I got out, I guess one of the cops thought I was the shooter or something,” Oakley said. “So I had to show ’em my clip and stuff, show ’em I had my license to carry. He said I was fine.”

‘You Are a True Hero’

Many on social media praised Oakley for his apparent bravery during the unfolding bloodbath.

“HERO!’ said Twitter user JamieR Army Girl. “Active Duty member Glen Oakley, who was near the El Paso Walmart rushed to protect children during the shooting! Thank you and God Bless you!”

“Glendon, I just saw what you did on the news in Atlanta,” wrote a commenter on Facebook. “You are a true hero! There needs to be more people like you in this world. Thank you for your service and for being so brave and selfless today. You made such a difference. God bless you! Mad respect in Atlanta!”

“You need to be careful pulling out your weapon when you don’t know what’s going on,” noted another commenter. “The police, thank goodness, didn’t mistake you as the shooter and instead checked your license to carry.”

 

 

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