A sheriff’s detective who escorted people out of the California building where a couple opened fire and killed several people said he was only doing what was necessary.
In a video footage that was taken in the hallway of the Inland Regional Center, Detective Jorge Lozano said, while he was shepherding people stuck in the hallway when the shooting was occurring in the conference room, “Try to relax everyone, try to relax, I’ll take a bullet before you do, that’s for damn sure.”
As reported by ABC News, he said at a news conference of first responders to the shootings, “When they were passing me there was a female there with a small child that was just terrified, shivering almost, shaking like a leaf, and I said what I said. I meant what I said. Calm down, relax and we were going to do everything we could.”
Also at the news conference was Officer Nicholas Koahou, who was shot in the gunfight hours after the shooting. “It was constant gunfire,” he said. “At some point you just kind of stop hearing the shots there was so much noise.” After exchanging gunfire, he ran to back up a deputy who was shot. A bullet then struck him in the leg. “I felt like somebody punched me in the leg,” he said.
He said that, after being shot, he was determined to not give in. “I was in the Marine Corps and they taught us in training you’re never out of the fight,” he said. “You’ve got to keep fighting.”