In the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a nightclub in California, local reporters interviewed one survivor who explained what he did to usher others to safety.
According to KABC, Matt Wennerstrom recalled identifying the sound of gunshots, which prompted him to pick up a barstool and smash a plate glass window.
From there, he said he started grabbing potential victims of the gunman’s bullets and carrying them outside.
“We probably pushed 30 or 35 people through that window,” he said.
With blood still on the sleeve of his shirt, Matt Wennerstrom describes the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill. He says he threw a chair through a window allowing others to escape. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/AnvYlSulhW
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As he gave the interview at the scene of the shooting that left 12 dead, blood was still evident on his shirt sleeve.
The suspected gunman was among the dead, apparently as a result of suicide.
“All I did was grab as many people as I could and pull them underneath the table until I head a break in the shots,” he said. “And then we got people out of there as much as we could.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, one of the victims of was identified as Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was among the first to respond to the call Wednesday night at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.
“I told his wife he died a hero,” Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters at a news conference on Thursday morning. “He went in to save lives.”
[Featured image: Matt Wennerstrom, video screenshot]