Zamudio had been inside a nearby Walgreens when he heard the shots ring out."I ran outside towards the shots..."
Zamudio credits an "older gentlemen" -- almost certainly the Army vet previously discussed -- with making first contact. CNN doesn't provide any of those details.
The "real hero," Zamudio said, was the man who grabbed the gunman first. "There was a gentleman who was wounded on top of the head, I think he got hit with a ricochet or something, (a) bullet grazed the top of his head," but still he "initiated the contact" with the shooter. "Then other people were able to grab on and they were able to kind of contain him and pull him down."It reminds me of LtC Grossman's metaphor about sheepdogs: "The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones."
Zamudio goes on to discuss many of the effects that lethal force experts talk about being common in the aftermath of a shooting which make eyewitness testimony so unreliable such as time distortion. Hopefully the bystanders and survivors are getting competent mental health intervention to help them deal with the adrenaline dump and psychological aftermath.
I'm glad to see CNN and other news outlets eventually covering this story. Yes, the shooting was a tragedy that exhibited some of the darkest, most evil human behavior. But as in many other tragedies we also see some of the brightest shining examples of human beings come to the forefront.