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Colorado Shooting Hero Advises When You Come Out, Come Out Swinging

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When a shooter opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs November 19, killing five people and injuring at least 18, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas James stepped up, charging the attacker — along with decorated Army veteran Richard Fierro — and while James pushed a rifle out of the accused shooter’s reach, Fierro beat the attacker with his own handgun.

The pair worked together to subdue the suspect and prevent further harm; Fierro told James to repeatedly kick the shooter.“That was hard to do, it’s not a humane act,” Fierro told The New York Times, speaking of James. “But I asked him to help me, and he helped me.”James, who was injured during the shooting and ensuing struggle, has issued a statement from his hospital bed via a Centura Health spokesman.“I simply wanted to save the family I found.

If I had my way, I would shield everyone I could from the nonsensical acts of hate in the world, but I am only one person,” he said.“Thankfully, we are family, and family looks after one another.

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