Two teachers are being hailed as heroes for their quick thinking during last night’s mass shooting at a Louisiana movie theater.
When the shooting began, teachers Jena Meaux and Ali Martin were responsible for pulling a fire alarm, an act that alerted other patrons to the shooter.
“The sound of that alarm caused an evacuation of the rest of the movie theater,” said Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal, citing witness reports. “Who knows how many lives were saved?”
I’m on my way to Lafayette right now. Please say a prayer for the victims at Grand Theatre and their families.— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 24, 2015
Both Meaux and Martin, who work in Iberia Parish, were wounded in the attack but are expected to survive. A fundraising page has been set up to help cover medical costs. So far, it has raised nearly $14,000.
In all, two people were killed and nine were wounded in the senseless attack. Authorities say the man responsible, 59-year-old John Russel Houser, also died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. I hope it hurt.