However, the ex-Marine asked the news media not to release his name for security reasons – particularly since terrorists could target him and his family.
“He risked himself for about 100 people,” writes Coca. “How many families did he protect from heartbreak by his selflessness? Mothers and fathers who will see their children again. Sisters and brothers who won’t know the pain of losing their sibling to mindless violence. There are children who won’t have to experience life as orphans because this hero took a stand.”
In Oregon, two died when a gunman opened fire at the crowded Clackamas Town Center Mall near Portland. Again prayer was cited for saving customer, Jocelyn Lay, who tells of quietly hiding from the shooter and asking God for help.
Fonseca and Lay
She says the Almighty sent her make-up clerk Allan Fonseca, who works at the Lancome counter at Macy’s department store. He calmly helped her navigate through the store to reach an exit. Then he returned to the danger zone to help guide others scrambling to safety, reported the Daily Mail.
‘The gunfire just kept going off,’ Lay said on Good Morning America. Lay said she started praying and then Fonseca “took me by the hand and took me down the escalator and out to safety.”
Prayer has also been cited when a gunman leveled his pistol at the customers of a Fort Worth, Texas, McDonald’s restaurant – and pulled the trigger repeatedly without result, according to the the Star-Telegram.
When the gun would not fire, he ran outside and fired a shot in the air. The gun discharged.
He returned back inside and took aim at the terrified customers and employees. Once again, the gun would not fire.
After watching the restaurant’s surveillance video, “I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said police Sgt. Joe Loughman. “It must not have been their time to go.” He said police are baffled.
However, the young gunman’s mother told the newspaper she believes the gun misfired – repeatedly – because “we were praying.”
She recounted how her son had called her, clearly disturbed both mentally and emotionally. When she hung up, she told the newspaper, “I told God to keep Jestin.”
When he went to the McDonald’s, apparently intending to kill strangers and himself, his gun would not fire — at least five times.
His mother was praying.
And nobody died.