Soldier with local ties steps in to save lives during Walmart rampage

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) An off duty soldier from Central Texas is being called a hero after stepping up to help save lives during the mass shooting that took place outside an El Paso Wal-Mart Saturday.

Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley Jr. helped bring kids to safety during mass shooting.(CNN VAN photo)

Army Pfc.Glendon Oakley, Jr. grew up in Killeen while his father was stationed at Fort Hood.

He told El Paso station KTSM that he was in a sports store at the mall buying a jersey when a little kid ran in saying there was an active shooter.

"I tried to make my way to the parking lot and I just see a whole bunch of kids running around without their parents and stuff," says Oakley.

The 22-year-old says his past two years of military experience kicked in when he heard the gunshots.

"It was a whole bunch of kids in there. I just hoped nothing happened to the kids- they were without their parents," he adds.

"I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me."

Oakley currently works as an automated logistics specialist stationed at Fort Bliss.

He returned home from a deployment in Kuwait a few months prior to the shooting.