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Army veteran takes down Club Q gunman

COLORADO. ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE CLUB QUE SHOOTING THAT LEFT 5 PEOPLE DEAD IS SPEAKING OUT. US NAVY OFFICER THOMAS JAMES IS STILL RECOVERING A WEEK AFTER  MANAGED TO DISARM THE GUNMAN. JAMES SAYING TODAY THAT HE, QUOTE, SIMPLY WANTED TO SAVE THE FAMILY THAT I FOUND. THANKFULLY WE ARE A FAMILY AND A FAMILY LOOKS AFTER 1 ANOTHER. HE WAS NOT ALONE, THOUGH, DURING THOSE TERRIFYING MOMENTS. ARMY VETERAN RICH HEROES LONG SUPPRESSED INSTINCTS OF A PLATOON LEADER SURGE BACK TO LIFE THAT NIGHT.

HE RACED ACROSS THE ROOM PINNING THE MAN DOWN THE ROAD AND GRABBED THE GUNMAN’S PISTOL STARTED SLAMMING IT TO HIS SKULL REPEATEDLY. AND NOW BOTH HERO AND THOMAS ARE BEING HAILED AS HEROES FOR STOPPING THE ATTACKER FROM TAKING MORE LIVES THAT NIGHT. JOINING US NOW IS RICH FIERRO AND RICH. I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. I THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME AND RICH, YOU SAY THAT YOU WENT INTO COMBAT MODE PLAIN AND SIMPLE THAT NIGHT. CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG.

WE’RE GOING TO GET I’M GOING TO END UP BACK ACTUALLY BACK TO WORK WITH KIND OF PERSON  I HEARD THE AIR RIFLE AND A SOON AS I SAW ARE TURNED AROUND, I SAW THE E MOST FLAT. YOU KNOW, IT WAS A NICE MOMENT LIKE THE NEWEWS. THIS A BIG DEAL. I OUR TRIP TO COVER AND THEN AS SOON AS TRYING TO GET UP GO BACKWARDS INTO IT SEATING AND I SPOTTED SHOOTER FACING OUTWARDS TOWARDS PATIO AREA. AND I KNOW THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE PROGRAM.

YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE GOING THE AND WE DO STILL THEY’RE NOT. I DON’T SO I WONDER ACROSS THE ROOM. I GRABBED ARE GOING TO MOVE BACK TO GRAB THAT GUY THE YOUNG MAN, THOMAS, EITHER HELP BECAUSE I SAW COME FROM THE FORMER HIGH TRYING TO JUMP UP WHEN I JUMPED UP TO TO BREATH. SO I THINK WE MAY HAVE BOTH PULLED OUT WERE THERE DOESN’T REALLY MATTER. WE GET HIM DOWN DOWN ON STOMACH THOMAS MOVED HIS RIFLE AWAY FROM HIS ARMS REACH.I WENT AND GRABBED THE PISTOL WRESTLE WITH HIM THAT AND THEN USE BACK TO STOP THE ASSAILANT IT FELT LIKE FOREVER. PROBABLY ABOUT 3 MINUTES OF PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME WE’RE GOING TO THE BOXING AROUND I DON’T THAT HAPPEN. FOR THAT.

I I WILL NOT TAKE ANY SLANDER OF YOU TONIGHT, HOPE THAT BETTER AND YOU ARE EXACTLY THE MAN THAT ONE WOULD WANT IN A TERRIBLE SITUATION LIKE THIS. I KNOW YOU SERVED 4 COMBAT DEPLOYMENTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. DO YOU REMEMBER SPECIFICALLY WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU CONFRONTED THE GUNMAN. I KNOW I WAS TRYING TO PROTECT MY FAMILY. AND AT THAT POINT THE FAMILY WAS EVERYBODY IN THAT YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO SEE ANYONE GET I MEAN, ESPECIALLY FOR ME, IT WAS MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER. MY 2 BEST FRIENDS WAS MY COLOR.

FAMILY AND WHAT A PERFORMER ONE OF BEST FRIENDS. WE LOST DAUGHTER, A AND RING WAS A GOOD MAN AND I TRUST THEM WITH HER AND SO THERE THERE IS SOME THINGS THAT YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT. YOU JUST DO. AND I THINK MANY PARENTS HAVE THE SAME REACTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT’S THIS KIND OF THREAT. IT CAN BE A YOU KNOW, BE A FIRST IN THEIR THEIR CHILD. BUT PARENTS GOING ACTUALLY, THAT’S I HEAR YOU. AND I’M SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THOSE LOSSES. AND WE’RE HEARING FROM REPORTS.

NOT ONLY DID YOU ACT, YOU HELPED MOBILIZE OTHERS. YOU TOLD ANOTHER PERSON TO GRABBED THE RIFLE. HE TOLD A DRAG QUEEN NEARBY TO STOP WITH HIGH HEELS. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THOSE MOMENTS AS SO I DID FIND OUT THAT IT WAS NOT WAS NOT A PERFORMER. IT WAS THAT IT WAS JUST A TRANS WOMAN. AND AND THAT’S I JUST WITH HER HIGH HEELS AND THAT’S ALL I SAW DARK AND STILL PLAYING MUSIC AND I I SAW TIME IS GOING TO SLOW DOWN WHILE HE WAS HERE WAS THAT KICKING THE THAT THE ASSAILANT THAT’S WHEN THE WITNESS SAID THE TRANS MOVEMENT WAS WALKING RUNNING BY.

I CARE IN THE FACE TAKING IN THE FACE AND JUST TO KEEP THAT. DIDN’T BASE. AND SO DID YOU KNOW IT’S IT’S A TEAM EFFORT. I GOT IN THE MODE, MEANING I WAS GOES ON SO PEOPLE CALL 9-1-1, STILL SITTING ON THIS GUY SOON AS I GET OFF HAND THESE I DON’T START FIRST DAY TO MY BEST FRIEND AND AND HER HER HUSBAND AND I’VE GOT THESE OFFICERS AND SOME OF THAT HER USE URGENCY, SENSE OF URGENCY THAT CASUALTIES. IT’S.

IT’S WHAT I’M TRAINED FOR IT. IT’S NOT THAT I WANT TO EVER DO THAT IN STATES. BUYOU KNOW, I KIND OF LEFT THE ARMY DID NOT HAVE TO DO THAT STUFF IN. AND I IT JUST CAME BACK AND HAND. I MEAN, WE’RE HEARING, YOU KNOW, EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS FROM THAT YOU ARE AT IN THE AFTERMATH, YE

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