Synagogue hero combat vet says he “scared the hell out of the shooter”
The synagogue hero combat vet Oscar Stewart spoke out and says he “scared the hell out of the 19-year-old shooter.
The Iraq war veteran who rushed at the San Diego synagogue shooter said instinct took over as he fearlessly ran toward the gunman while screaming at the top of his lungs, according to reports.
Oscar Stewart, 51, spoke out Sunday about his heroic actions at Chabad of Poway, where he confronted suspect John Earnest, 19, who’s accused of killing one congregant and injuring three others on Saturday.
“I heard gunshots,” Steward told The Daily Caller. “And everybody got up and started trying to get out the back door, so I – for whatever reason – I didn’t do that. I ran the other way. I ran towards the gun shots.”
“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guys so his rifle couldn’t get to me,” Steward told the site. “So I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”
According to the Daily Caller Stewart shouted so loudly at the shooter that he sounded like 4 or 5 men. Some speculated that he had angels behind him aiding in scaring the hell out of the shooter.
“Looking back, it was kind of a crazy idea to do, but I did it.” He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and left the military in 2004, as a staff sergeant. He’s now in construction work.
When the gunman opened fire, he was in the back of the synagogue. By the time he got to the lobby, the shooter had killed one woman, blown the finger off of a rabbi, and injured two others.
“I heard gunshots,” Stewart said. “And everybody got up and started trying to get out the back door, so I — for whatever reason — I didn’t do that. I ran the other way. I ran towards the gun shots.”
“When I came around the corner into the lobby area, I saw the individual with a gun, and he fired two rounds. And I yelled at him and I must have yelled very loud, and he looked at me, and I must have had a really mean look on my face or something, because he immediately dropped his weapon and turned and ran. And then I gave chase.”
The hero combat vet saved many lives and the woman who died was shielding the Rabbi protecting him from the shooter. Bringing to mind the verse John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
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