Clackamas shooting’s Lancome counter hero

Clackamas Mall hero Allan Fonesca (L) with Jocelyn Lay

Tuesday’s shooting at the busy Clackamas Mall during the holiday shopping season was a tragedy, but sometimes terrible things can bring forth the good in people. One woman is calling Allan Fonseca, a young man working at the Lancome make-up counter in Macy’s, her personal savior.

Fonesca says he wasn’t really thinking when he pulled customer Jocelyn Lay behind the Macy’s county when they both heard shots at 3:30pm, but soon after he knew just what to do. Because he was familiar with the exits he led her to safety before going back to the “shooting floor” and looking for other scared shoppers to lead them to the nearest exit.

“I felt that if I knew how to get out of the mall and out to safety then I should share that knowledge with everyone else, like the shoppers that don’t come here regularly and don’t know all of the exits,” he said. “So I decided to go back up because I wanted to see if there was anybody in panic or didn’t know where to go.”

“I probably just would have stayed there and probably would have had a little more fear because it’s one of those situations where you’ve seen in previous shootings, the gunman keep shooting and keep looking for different people,” she said. “I would have huddled there and hoped and prayed.”

Commenters have taken to calling him the Clackamas “gayngel.” For more cuteness that will restore your faith in humanity check out the video below from Good Morning America.

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  1. These are true heroes. Everyday people who put their lives on the line to save others. Thank goodness for them ,and our police force and fire fighters and soldiers.

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