Richard M. Fierro, one of the men who took on the shooter in the Colorado Springs Club Q shooting, said it wasn’t about being the hero, it was about protecting his family.
“I protect my family…and I did what I had to do. And honestly, I don’t care about myself in that moment, I care about everyone around me, and I especially care about my family,” he said in an interview on AC 360 Monday night. .
Her daughter’s boyfriend, Raymond Vance, was killed in the shooting and two friends remain in hospital.
“I’m not a hero. I’m just a guy who wanted to protect his kids and his wife, and I still couldn’t protect her boyfriend,” he added.
Fierro, a former Army major, said he was at the club with family and friends to watch his daughter’s friend, her junior prom, perform in a drag show.
As soon as Fierro heard gunshots, he said he pulled his friend to the ground.
“At that time I saw the shooter,” he said. “I had no idea what was going on.”
Fierro said he saw the shooter begin to walk towards the patio and noticed he was wearing a bulletproof vest – and he knew there was a handle on the vest. So he ran across the room and grabbed the handle and pulled the suspect to the ground, he said.
At that moment, the suspect’s rifle slipped out of his hands. Fierro said he started hitting him with a gun. “I just started hunting with his gun,” he said.
Fierro served in the US Army for nearly 15 years and had four combat deployments.
“My daughter and wife should never have had a fight in Colorado Springs, and everyone in that building experienced fights that night, not of their own accord, but because they were forced into it. “, did he declare.
When police arrived, Fierro said he started first aid on his friend who had been shot in the chest, arms and legs. He said her husband was nearby, holding it out to her.
“I put his hand in hers so they could be together. I didn’t know if they were going to make it,” he said.
“There are five people who didn’t come home,” Fierro added emotionally, saying he wished he could have protected everyone in the nightclub.