- A San Bernardino, California shooting survivor pays tribute to the man who shielded her from bullets
- She recalls the man wrapping his arms around her to protect her
- Unfortunately, the man is killed in the massacre along with 13 other victims
A man who was killed in the San Bernardino social services center shooting last Wednesday, December 2, was hailed a hero by the female colleague he tried to protect amid the barrage of bullets that claimed the lives of 14 people.
Denise Peraza, 27, said she owes her life to the man who shielded her from the bullets by wrapping his arms around her while covering themselves with chairs under a table and told her: “I got you”.
While Peraza survived, 45-year-old Shannon Johnson, was not as lucky.
In her account of the story, Peraza described Johnson, her protector, as an amazing, selfless man; a hero, in short.
“This is Shannon Johnson. Wednesday morning at 10:55 am we were seated next to each other at a table, joking about how we thought the large clock on the wall might be broken because time seemed to be moving so slowly,” Peraza shared on her social media account.
“I would have never guessed that only 5 minutes later, we would be huddled next to each other under that same table, using a fallen chair as a shield from over 60 rounds of bullets being fired across the room,” she said.
Johnson, from Georgia, has worked for San Bernardino County Public Health Department for ten years. He’s among the eight men and six women whose lives were unnecessarily wasted when Muslim couple Syed Farook, 28, and wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, stormed the Inland Regional Center and opened fire at a holiday party. (Click here to read more)