Shauna Saxton had a frightening run-in with the man suspected to be behind the Odessa, Texas, shooting that left seven dead and 21 wounded. In a Sunday interview with Alex Witt on MSNBC, she tearfully described how a “crazed” man in a gold Sedan chased her and her family, weapon drawn.
She recounted the confusing moment when a man rolled up beside her at a red light and raised what she later described as “a big gun.” With only moments to take action, Saxton laid on her horn, prompting the vehicles in front of her to part and allowing her to speed away from the shooter before three consecutive gunshots ran out behind her.
Continuing with her harrowing tale, the grandmother explains how the car continued to follow her and her family, attempting to “reattach” his vehicle to theirs.
“He followed us through the cars and off down the road, and he only followed us for about a mile,” she said. “It wasn’t the whole time, but at one point he was pulling up to the side of my car, he was reattaching himself to our vehicle, and when I saw him do that in the mirror, I sped.”
“I floored it hard,” Saxton admitted. “I was — I was a danger to society at that moment, when I was driving fast. And we got to a stoplight and there was no way I was going to stop at that stoplight, so I turned immediately to the right and went in to a neighborhood. My next thought that went through my head was just all the people that were there and I couldn’t warn them. I couldn’t tell them.”
Witt asked Saxton what the gunman looked like, and the survivor described a picture of absolute insanity.
“He looked crazy,” she recalled. “His mind — he looked crazed. Excited. Not excited in a happy or good way, just amped up, maybe is a better word, and he wasn’t right. He wasn’t right. His hair was all disheveled. He was looking at the gun and looking at me and then the gun came up.”
Finishing up the interview, Saxton — in tears — stated that she was thankful to be alive, and heartbroken for those who weren’t as lucky as she was.
“I feel so lucky that I was not hurt, and I’m so — I’m so sad inside because I knew what was coming toward people, and I couldn’t help them,” she cried.
Witt tearfully commended the woman for her bravery during the interview, and Saxton implored her and the MSNBC audience to pray for the victims of the shooting.
“Okay. Shawna, God bless you and your family. You take care of yourself,” Witt said, choking up herself.
“Please, everyone. Please pray for all the people who are suffering,” Saxton said through tears.
According to Reuters, the mass shooting was sparked by a traffic stop involving the suspect, who was shot dead in a parking lot after spraying innocent commuters with a hail of bullets. While police state that they have positively identified the man, they have not publicly released any names.
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