Marine recruit and other Colorado STEM school students helped disarm gunman

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

A U.S. Marine recruit and other teenagers rushed one of the shooters at a Colorado school, helping to disarm him, according to police and witnesses.

One of the students, Kendrick Castillo, 18, died while lunging at the shooter, according to a classmate at STEM School Highlands Ranch in a Denver suburb. Eight other students were injured in the shooting Tuesday.

Image: Kendrick Castillo was fatally shot at a STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Kendrick Castillo was fatally shot at a STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.John Castillo / via Facebook

“We’re going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Wednesday.

Two suspects, both students, are in custody — Devon Erickson, 18, and a juvenile.

One of the teens involved in trying to take down one of the shooters was Brendan Bialy, a senior who is enrolled in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, the 8th Marine Corps District confirmed in a statement.

“Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tragic incident at the risk of his own safety is admirable and inspiring,” the 8th District Marines said.

Image: Brendan Bialy, a a poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, helped subdue a shooter at the STEM School in Colorado.
Brendan Bialy, who is enrolled in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, helped subdue a shooter at the STEM School in Colorado.Brendan Bialy / via Instagram

“We are deeply saddened for the victims, families, friends, and community,” the Bialy family said in an emailed statement issued by lawyer Mark L. Bryant. “We’d like to commend the immediate response of law enforcement and assure all we are strong with the love of our families, community, friends, and every one sending concern, wishes, and strength. We will persevere.”

Senior Nui Giasolli told the “Today” show that she was in class when one of the gunmen, a classmate, entered and suddenly drew a gun.

“That’s when Kendrick lunged at him, and he shot Kendrick,” Giasolli said, “giving all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe, and to run across the room to escape.”

Giasolli thanked Bialy and the other students who rushed the shooter. They “were brave enough to bring him down so that all of us could escape and all of us could be reunited with our families.”

Meet the Army veteran and off-duty Border Patrol agent who chased the San Diego synagogue shooter.

When Jonathan Morales and Oscar Stewart heard the gunshots, they ran toward them.

The off-duty Border Patrol agent and an Iraq War Army veteran helped stop a suspected gunman who had opened fire at Chabad of Poway on Saturday in what authorities praised as an “act of courage.”

One person died and three more were injured in the hate-fueled attack during Passover services.

Stewart, 51, was in the back of the room when the shots rang out, he told reporters. The veteran said his military training kicked in.

“I ran to fire. That’s what I did. I didn’t plan it. I didn’t think about it. It’s just what I did,” he said.

Stewart said he started yelling expletives at the gunmen, who stopped shooting when he heard Stewart’s voice.

“Get down!” and “I’m going to kill you,” Stewart said he yelled.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the suspected gunman fled the synagogue to a nearby vehicle. Stewart was in close pursuit.

“Stewart caught up to the vehicle as the suspect was about to drive away,” the department said in a statement.

Stewart said he began punching the shooter’s window when Morales told him to get out of the way.

“He yelled, ‘Clear back, I have a gun,'” Stewart said. Then, Morales began firing.

The off-duty agent hit the car, but the gunman drove away, police said. Authorities later arrested John T. Earnest, 19, along Interstate 15. A rifle was found in the front passenger seat, police said.

“Mr. Stewart risked his life to stop the shooter and saved lives in the process,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.


As Paul commented earlier, here’s another take on the bravery of the people in the synagog

Report from a member of the Poway Chabad Synagogue.

I’m sure that you’ve already heard about the shooting at the Chabad synagogue yesterday in Poway, CA. For those unfamiliar with Chabad, it is an orthodox Jewish movement engaged in outreach to other Jews, especially those who’ve gone adrift, so to speak.

Members of Chabad also tend towards the conservative end of the political spectrum, are often Republican and pro-Trump.

One of the members of the Poway congregation is a member of AR15.com, his screen name is “Drsalee” (he’s a dentist). He started a thread about the shooting yesterday and posted this comment on page 11 yesterday:

“This congregation is armed.

“Lori’s husband had a wheel gun hidden safely in a cabinet. Only a few congregants knew about it. The Rabbi is also armed.

“The perp parked out front, walked in the open front door. Shots were fired immediately, I’m not sure exactly who was hit first. The Rabbi had a few fingers shot off. Lori took one shot to the abdomen and died instantly.

“When husband heard the commotion, he retrieved the wheel gun and tossed it to the BP guy who was praying. There was another ex-military congregant accosted the perp, screaming at folks to get down. The perp panicked and ran to his car. The BP fired several shots into the car, blowing out the back window and possibly hitting a tire. The perp surrendered to local LA a mile down the road.

“The perp had multiple mags. A huge massacre was prevented by the presence of that wheel gun.”

Link: https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/Shooting-at-synagogue-in-Poway-CA/5-2215936/&page=11?fbclid=IwAR2yRuoFlR3pIR72hrOiKODwwIhAZbpb7Mt5LeMrYzJZCD7RBViTOencLpQ (Scroll down toward the bottom.)

[Here’s the first page of the AFRCOM thread]
https://www.ar15.com/forums/General/Shooting-at-synagogue-in-Poway-CA-pics-added-to-OP/5-2215936/?page=1

(Note: Wheel gun is slang for a revolver, for those who don’t know.)

Once again, the only thing that prevented a massacre was the presence of a good guy with a gun and the guts to use it. I am posting this because I doubt it’s going to be reported in the MSM. It goes against the narrative that guns aren’t useful for defense.

I also want to note that I’ve read the perp’s manifesto. Aside from being an antisemite, he’s also anti-Trump, largely because he sees Trump as pro-Jewish and a Zionist. So, before anyone claims this is a result of Trump encouraging antisemitism or racism, stuff it.

Honoring a legend: The last surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raider dies at 103

He almost made it to the 77th anniversary of the raid on April 19th.
Just consider that these men volunteered for a mission they knew had the high probability they wouldn’t survive and they just went and did it.
“Before the Doolittle raid, the U.S. knew nothing but defeat; After it, there was hope of victory.”

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The last surviving member of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, who helped strike the Japanese homeland after Pearl Harbor, has passed away.

Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole passed away around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the age of 103, the president of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association confirmed. His daughter Cindy Cole and son Richard Cole were by his side.

He was scheduled to make a public appearance at Dolphin Aviation but had to cancel his visit after he was hospitalized in San Antonio.

The World War II veteran lived on a ranch in Comfort, Texas.

Memorial services are expected to be announced soon at Randolph Air Force Base soon, and he will be interred with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery. There will also be a ceremony held in his honor at the National Air Force Museum.

Cole was Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the No. 1 bomber during the 1942 Japanese air raids, the Air Force Times reports. The Doolittle Raid was the United State’s first operation to strike the Japanese homeland after Pearl Harbor.

“His silver goblet” will be “turned over to join his other seventy nine Raider comrades,” the president of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, Thomas Casey said in a statement to 10News.

Travis Atkins died smothering a suicide bomber’s blast in Iraq. Now he’ll receive the Medal of Honor.

It was always a wonderment among us old soldiers that so many young servicemembers were doing heroic deeds that were almost identical in previous conflicts and not receiving the recognition they seem to deserve. Ineptitude, or political correctness run amok lest we impugn moslems?

Army Sgt. Sand Aijo was in the gun turret of a Humvee in 2007 when he and his fellow soldiers rolled up on two suspicious men in Iraq’s “Triangle of Death.” They were in a place U.S. soldiers didn’t expect to find them, and so glassy-eyed and fidgety that Aijo charged his machine gun, he recalled.

Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, their gruff but revered squad leader, stepped out of the Humvee and walked toward the first stranger. Then an Army medic stepped out of the back seat, moving toward the second.

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As Aijo tried to keep track of both soldiers, Atkins unexpectedly began grappling with the first Iraqi just a few feet away. Atkins slammed the man to the ground and threw himself on top of him.

“The thing that became confusing was that once they hit the ground, the way that Travis began positioning his body, it just seemed strange to me,” Aijo recalled. “That’s when the detonation happened.”

On Wednesday, Atkins, of Bozeman, Mont., posthumously will become the fifth U.S. service member to receive the nation’s highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor, for actions during the eight-year Iraq War. A member of the 10th Mountain Division of Fort Drum, N.Y., he is credited with saving the lives of Aijo and two other soldiers by smothering a suicide vest laced with grenades, worn by the man he body-slammed.

Atkins, 31, was nominated for the Medal of Honor by his battalion commander, now-retired Col. John Valledor. But the Army downgraded the award one level to a Distinguished Service Cross, presented to Atkins’s family in 2008.

The awarding of the still-prestigious Service Cross was part of a broader trend that frustrated many rank-and-file service members. With so much combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, they wondered, why had so few Medals of Honor been awarded?

The concerns caught the attention of Chuck Hagel, a defense secretary in the Obama administration who ordered a review of how the award was processed.

In 2016, his successor, Ashton B. Carter, directed the military to scrutinize more than 1,100 top valor cases in which the Medal of Honor was not awarded, including Atkins’s and that of Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman, who received the nation’s highest military decoration posthumously last August.

No living service member has received the Medal of Honor for actions in the Iraq War. Seventeen Americans have been awarded Medals of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, including four posthumous awards. It isn’t clear whether other upgrades are planned.

‘Multiple Men’ Were ‘Ready to Take a Bullet For Any Single One of Us,’ Says Woman Who Survived California Bar Slaughter

Those are real men, real heroes, not the current ‘soyboy’ metrosexual idiot that the proggies want young men to be.

Multiple men reportedly put their bodies on the line to protect patrons at the club in California where a gunman entered Wednesday night, killing 12 and reportedly taking his own life.

“While we were all dog-piled at the side, there were multiple men that got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us with their backs towards the shooter, ready to take a bullet for any single one of us,” Teylor Whittler, woman who had been in the club during the shooting, said Thursday morning, via ABC News.

 

“And just the amount of people who made sure everyone got out OK or if they were out … they made sure, they went around to every single person around them and asked them if they were OK and if they needed a phone to call their family … just in general any way they could help. It was awesome,” she continued.