HERO OF THE WEEK: Makeup Salesman Saves Shoppers From Shooter

By: Daniel Villarreal

Yesterday, after some freak walked into a Portland mall and began shooting people, a gay 22-year-old working the Lancome makeup counter used his knowlwedge of mall exits to get shoppers to safety.

His name is Allan Fonesca and he is our hero of the week. ABC News reports:

[Fonesca said] "I felt that if I knew how to get out of the mall and out to safety then I should share that knowledge with everyone else, like the shoppers that don't come here regularly and don't know all of the exits... So I decided to go back up because I wanted to see if there was anybody in panic or didn't know where to do."

Fonseca returned to the mall and evacuated the lower level of the Macy's store, and then went back up to the "shooting floor" to look for his co-workers. Lay says she's not sure she would have done if he hadn't been there to get her out of harm's way.

"I probably just would have stayed there and probably would have had a little more fear because it's one of those situations where you've seen in previous shootings, the gunman keep shooting and keep looking for different people," she said. "I would have huddled there and hoped and prayed."

You can see him talk about the harrowing affair in the video below.

On a similar note, Daniel Hernandez (the gay intern who saved Gabrielle Gifford's life during an Arizona shooting) is going to publish his memoir soon.

And then there was that Norwegian lesbian couple that helped 40 people escape on their boat when a psyhocopath started shooting up a camp last year.

All this makes us think: when a madman starts shooting up a place, it definitely pays to have a gay person around.

Via Towleroad


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