Now THIS is a story of a real American hero.
Back in May student Angel Granados-Diaz entered Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon with an illegal firearm looking to take several lives.
While on his way to an attack Coach Keanon Lowe was able to stop the gunman in his tracks. He tackled Angel Granados-Diaz and held him down until law enforcement arrived.
Granados-Diaz was caught on security cameras walking the halls at Parkrose. Students began leaving the building in terror.
Dan Tilkon of KOIN 6 reported on hte gunman. In the first video you can see the children fleeing from the school. The next video shows the heroic act where Coach Keanon Lowe stood up to the gunman and helped get the gun away from him.
— Dan Tilkin (@DanTilkinKOIN6) October 19, 2019
More on the story from KOIN 6:
Angel Granados-Diaz was 18 when he brought the gun to school on May 17.
The video — obtained Friday from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office through a public records request — is the visual accompaniment to the story recounted by Lowe during a press conference earlier this year.
Lowe, who also works as a security guard at Parkrose, said he had been called to the fine arts building on campus to get a student. The surveillance video showed Granados-Diaz nearly cross paths with him in a hallway.
“I walk in there, I get to the classroom, I’m in the classroom for 15, 20 seconds — you know, I ask the teacher, ‘Is the student here?’”
Granados-Diaz was only steps away with the shotgun tucked under his coat.
“The door opens — I’m within arm’s length of the door, about 3 feet away from the door, and there’s a kid with a gun, a shotgun,” Lowe said. “In a fraction of a second, I analyzed everything really fast,” he said. “I saw the look in his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over.”
Lowe said running away never crossed his mind.
“I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun. He had his two hands on the gun and obviously the kids are running out of the classroom and screaming.”
Lowe was able to hug the gunman and hold him until police reinforcement arrived. What a hero!
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So many people can be thankful for this brave act from the coach. Talk about going above and beyond the duties of your job.