Mirror mentions that Oakley is At first, Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley Jr. completely ignored the chaos that developed around the corner. Then he pulled out his gun.
Oakley, a 22-year-old Army automated logistics specialist assigned to the 504th Compound Supply Company, 142nd Support Combat Maintenance Battalion, 1st Maintenance Brigade of the 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss , Texas, had been shopping at a sporting goods store inside the Sky Vista Mall in El Paso when a boy broke into the store shouting about an active shooter in nearby Walmart.
“The guy at the cash register and I looked at each other,” Oakley told Task & Purpose in a telephone interview on Saturday. “He’s a little boy … are you going to believe him?”
The threat was very real. At least 20 people died and dozens more were injured when an armed man opened fire on the Walmart, sending terrified passersby fleeing through the neighboring mall.
When Oakley left the store minutes later and headed to the neighboring Footlocker, he finally heard the sound of gunshots in the mall. He immediately took out the 9mm Glock that he occasionally carries under the hidden transportation laws of Texas. While he had just returned from an incident-free deployment in Kuwait, this was not his first shooting.
“That’s what you do,” was told to Task & Purpose. “You take out your weapon, find coverage and find out what to do next.”