Viral video shows men shielding bystanders from gunfire

Crime

A New Mexico firefighter is being hailed a hero for what he did while off duty at a convenience store.

In a moment of terror, he used his body to shield a woman from gunfire.

The video, posted by the Española Police Department, is going viral with more than 16,000 views in just a few days and dozens of comments praising him. But the firefighter says he just did what he’s trained to do. 

“I didn’t have time to react or think about anything else,” says Enrico Trujillo. 

Back in June, Trujillo says he and a friend were walking out of the Giant gas station.

“I saw two people fighting and by then a crowd started to form outside,” Trujillo says. 

He says things escalated quickly.

“I saw a kid walking from the back of a vehicle and he loaded a gun,” he explained.

He says that’s when someone opened fire.

“We heard gunshots go off. She ran back in the store in front of me and my first instinct was just to cover her,” Trujillo says. 

He lay on top of his friend, shielding her. Trujillo says they then ran to the back of the store with the other customers and waited for the gunfire to end. 

“I wasn’t sure if they were going to go inside the store,” Trujillo says. 

Thursday, the Española Police Department posted the video to its Facebook page. The next day, the department followed up with another angle from the cameras showing an unidentified customer also protecting two kids and a woman.

Both videos have racked up dozens of comments, shares and likes.

Trujillo says he didn’t think twice about how he reacted.

“Here at work we are always watching out for one another and one of our main duties is to preserve life and property. So I take that seriously,” Trujillo says. 

Trujillo says thankfully no one was injured during the shooting. It is unclear what exactly led up to the scary incident.

Officials tell us two men were arrested in relation to the shooting. 

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