Police Laud 'Hero' in Seattle Shootings
The man had been banned from the artsy Seattle cafe for acting out, but he showed up anyway and tried to place an order. After the barista declined to serve him, he stood up, took out a gun and began shooting as people scrambled for cover.
One man tried to stop him.
Grabbing the only weapons at hand — bar stools — he tossed them at the gunman, even as the man aimed at him, Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said Thursday after reviewing surveillance video of the massacre. The tactic created enough of a delay in the shooting that two or three other customers managed to escape.
"My brother died in the World Trade Center," the man, identified as Lawrence Adams, later told police. After his brother's death, he said, he resolved that if something like this ever happened, "I would never hide under a table."
Reached by FoxNews.com, Adams said the real hero was Leonard Meuse, a barista who called 911 after being shot.
"I don't want to talk about it," said Adams, whose brother was an employee at the Windows on the World restaurant. "It's too close. All of my friends are dead. The real hero is Leonard Meuse."
Adams told The Seattle Times that his brother, an employee at the Windows on the World restaurant, had been killed in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Meuse, the only shooting victim who survived, was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center. Lawrence Adams told The Times that cafe employee Meuse was the real hero, phoning for help despite his gunshot wounds.
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