The Portland football coach who stopped an armed student from shooting speaks out

Keanon Lowe confronted the gunman while other students escaped.
2:06 | 05/19/19

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Transcript for The Portland football coach who stopped an armed student from shooting speaks out
Back here at home now and the hero who prevented what could have been another deadly shooting. A former college athlete and now a high school football coach, he got the word of a man with danger. ABC's whit Johnson with the exclusive interview. Reporter: Tonight, as Portland police investigate what led an 18-year-old student armed with a shotgun to walk inside a high school, the courageous coach who may have prevented another campus tragedy is speaking exclusively to ABC Everything happened so fast, and it was the longest fraction of a second of my life. Reporter: Witnesses say angel dias was roaming the halls Friday, appearing distraught. That's when keanon Lowe, a football coach and unarmed security guard, received a call to locate the student in a classroom, arriving just in time. Moments later, dias walked in, clutching his weapon. I lunged for the 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 the end of the gun isn't pointing towards where the students are running but also not pointed at myself. So, I ended up getting the gun from him, getting the gun with my right hand, and holding him off with my left hand. Reporter: That tackle, by the former Oregon ducks football stand-out, the most significant of his life. Police arriving to find the gunman subdued. Students, parents, and others nationwide, now describing Lowe's bravery with one word. What does it feel like to be called a hero? I think there are things in my life that have happened that have, you know, 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. He was ready to act. Whit Johnson joins us now live. It's striking how decisive he was. You asked him if he was scared. Coach Lowe tells me he was acting on pure instinct. No time for fear. No time to think before he tackled him. He said he is familiar with most of the students at the school but this one, Tom, he did not know. All right, true hero. Great to have you with us on a Sunday night. Thank you.

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