Transcript for Student suspect in high school shooting scare identified
you soon. New details this morning in that school scare in Portland, Oregon. Police releasing the identity of the teen who allegedly brought a shotgun to school. We'll hear from the hero in just a moment. But first, what we're learning about the suspect and those terrifying moments. This morning, a first look at the 18-year-old suspect. And the weapon police say he used to terrify students and staff. I need rifle operators to start heading towards parkrose. You see on TV. For it to be your life in your school with your friends is a whole different thing. Reporter: Around noon Friday, authorities say angel granados brandished this shotgun. His peers immediately alerting authorities. People were crying and people were shaking. Reporter: Terrified students sheltering in place. Huddled together, as witnesses say granados roamed the halls looking distraught before barging into a classroom. That's when parkrose coach and security guard keanon Lowe lunged at the teen gunman. A former university of Oregon standout wide receiver, managed to tackle him to the ground. Holding granados down until officers swarmed the scene taking him into custody. No injuries were reported. And Lowe now hailed a hero. He put his life at danger for us. And joining us now from Portland is that hero security guard and football coach, keanon Lowe. Keanon, we want to commend you for your bravery and thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us. Walk us through that moment, what threat did you see what made you think, I got to jump in, I got to stop this? So, I get a call on the radio, on our main campus to go out to the fine arts building which is just across campus, a little walk outside, and just get a regular call to get a student, I asked if the student is there. I'm in the classroom for for 15 or 20 seconds and the door opens and there's a student with a shotgun. So, you know, everything happened so fast and it was the longest fraction of a second of my life. But, you know, I kind of assessed that situation and my instincts kicked in. You know, I lunged for gun and we both had the gun. We had four hands on the gun. And students are running out of the back of the classroom and I'm just trying to make sure that the end of the gun isn't pointing towards where the students are running but also not pointed at myself. I ended up getting the gun from him, with my right hand, and holding him off with my left hand and calling for a teacher to come grab the gun from me. I feel like I was put in that room in that very moment for a reason -- to protect those kids and that's why I love being a part of this high school where I'm at. To be around the kids and to be there for the community and in that moment, I was called upon and I just reacted and, like I said, instincts kicked in and I was able to, you know, make something good out of something that could have been very, very tragic. You've been praised across the country for your heroic actions. Parents and peers have thanked you publicly. What does it feel like to be called a hero? It feels great, but for me, I feel like, you know, I was put in that room for a reason. You know, the shooter didn't -- he didn't know I was in that room when he opened the door and, you know, I think there are things in my life that have happened that, you know, have prepared me for that very moment, you know, to act. I'm appreciative. I thank god that no one got hurt. And thank god I was in that room. Keanon, when you go back to school after what happened, the trauma that you saw, you see those kids again, what will you be thinking? I'm just going to be thankful for the kids. I love coaching. I love coaching football. I also coach track. You know, I love being around the kids and being a support system for the so, you know, I'm excited to get back to school on Monday and see all the faces and, you know, I think the whole community, the whole school is just going to be happy that everybody is okay. Keanon, as a parent, it's comforting to know that there are coaches and staff members like you in between danger and our children in our schools. Thank you so much for your courage and we appreciate your time and words this morning. Keanon, thank you. Thanks, I appreciate it. As we mentioned keanon was a standout football player for the Oregon ducks. Fielded many tackles. But that tackle there was no doubt the most important of his life. To be able to hold the gun down and that student at the same time by himself that's incredible. He says he was just at the right place at the right time. It takes a special kind of person to act and goes toward danger. A young man with a gun and jump right in and do what he did. Very special.
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