Hero Oregon Safeway worker, 66, had time to flee but took on store shooter, 20, with a PRODUCE KNIFE: Police hail Army veteran for ‘saving lives’ after he and shopper, 84, were gunned down
- The attack saw the lives of two army vets taken after a 20-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15 stormed the Oregon store
- A 66-year-old Safeway employee and decorated army vet took on the wannabe mass shooter with a produce knife
- Donald Ray Surrett Jr. could have escaped, but remained in the store. His actions likely saved the lives of several others, according to police
- Another army vet, aged 84, also lost his life in the shooting
By Associated Press and Alex Hammer For Dailymail.Com
Published: 00:22 EDT, 30 August 2022 | Updated: 02:28 EDT, 1 September 2022
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A 66-year-old Safeway employee who took on a mass shooter with a produce knife could have escaped with his life, police said Tuesday, but instead hid and attempted to disarm the assailant – an action they said likely saved several others.
Police are now hailing Donald Ray Surrett Jr. as a hero – as it was revealed the staffer at the Bend, Oregon, store was a decorated Army veteran with more than two decades of service.
The attack saw the lives of Surrett and another army vet, aged 84, snuffed out, after a 20-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15 stormed the Central Oregon store Sunday night, before ultimately taking his own life.
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Greater love hath no man then … …
In this specific case, the vet KNEW the odds were against him, but took the chance.
All I can do is just silently pray for this good man and his self-sacrifice.