Two people were shot at a shopping centre in Bend, and one of them tried to stop the shooter.
Police said Monday that a 20-year-old gunman killed an elderly shopper at a Bend Safeway on Sunday night and was still shooting around the store
when an employee confronted him. This may have stopped what could have been a much worse attack. Bend Police said at a news conference that the shooter was Ethan Blair Miller,
who was 20 years old. Glenn Edward Bennett, who was 84 and was shot near the front of the Safeway; and Donald Ray Surrett Jr., who was 66 and attacked Miller,
are the two people who were hurt in the attack. "Mr. Surrett talked to the shooter and tried to take his gun away," said Bend Police Department spokesperson Sheila Miller,
who is not related to the shooter. "This may have stopped more people from dying," Miller said. "Mr. Surrett was a hero when this terrible thing happened."
In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Debora Jean Surrett, the ex-wife of the Safeway worker who was killed in the attack, said that Surrett had been
a combat engineer in the Army for 20 years. He wasn't sent to war zones, but they were stationed in Germany three times and lived on military bases all over
the U.S. in the 20 years they were married, from 1975 to 1995. She told the AP, "They're trained to be the first ones to go to war and the last ones to come back."
In addition to Surrett and Bennett, two other people were hurt so badly in the attack that they could die.