‘I wasn’t afraid to sacrifice myself’: Hero is credited with saving dozens of lives after he smashed a window with a bar stool and pushed people to safety to escape the ex-Marine shooter

Thursday, November 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

Matt Wennerstrom said he pushed 30 to 35 people through a window when a gunman opened fire Wednesday inside Borderline Bar and Grill, California
Wennerstrom smashed the window with a bar stool as soon as he heard shots
He spoke with a blood-stained shirt and said he visits that bar weekly
The man went back to rescue more people after bringing a group to safety

By KAYLA BRANTLEY
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 November 2018

Dozens of lives were spared during Wednesday night’s California bar shooting thanks to a hero who smashed a window to help people escape.

As soon as the first round of bullets rang out at the Borderline Bar and Grill, Matt Wennerstrom sprung into action, grabbing a bar stool and throwing it through a window to free people to safety.

‘We probably pushed 30 or 35 people through that window,’ Wennerstrom, who visits the bar weekly, told KABC.

‘All I wanted to do was get as many people out as possible,’ he said while wearing a bloodstained t-shirt. ‘I know where I’m going when I die, so I wasn’t worried to sacrifice myself.’

‘As soon as I heard the shots I knew exactly what was going on,’ Wennerstrom said.’I turned and saw a dark figure, and decided to get out of there as soon as I could.’

‘All I did was grab as many people as I could and pull them underneath the table until I heard a break in the shots, and then we got people out of there, as much as we could,’ he added.

Once he helped get people down the street to safety, Wennerstrom said he and others went back to help anyone remaining.

‘We ran back in and we were just pulling stragglers who were still in the parking lot calling people and we were like, ”You need to get out of here right now,”’ he said.

Asked what made him decide to go back and help others, he added: ‘Instinct, that’s all that I could do. I had to protect my friends and family, my fellow humans.’

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