Video emerges of coach disarming, hugging gun-wielding student in US school

OREGON: A surveillance video released by an Oregon prosecutor on Friday (Oct 18) shows the moment a high school coach disarmed a shotgun-wielding student earlier this year.

Angel Granados-Diaz, then 18, brought a shotgun into the fine arts building of Parkrose High School in Portland on May 17.

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Hidden under a garment bag, the shotgun contained a single round – which he intended for himself, US media reported citing his lawyer.

A screengrab from a surveillance video showing Angel Granados-Diaz bringing a shotgun to school, concealed by a garment bag, on May 17, 2019. (Image: Multnomah County District Attorney)

In the video, Granados-Diaz can be seen walking down a hallway and entering a classroom, with American football and track coach Keanon Lowe, 27, moving to check on him a few moments later – not knowing he was armed.

A screengrab from a surveillance video showing Keanon Lowe checking on Angel Granados-Diaz who brought a shotgun to school on May 17, 2019. (Image: Multnomah County District Attorney)

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"In a fraction of a second, I analysed everything really fast, I saw the look in his face, look in his eyes," Lowe told NBC News.

"I looked at the gun and I realised it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over," said Lowe, who also works as a security guard for the school.

Students can be seen fleeing the compound.

A screengrab from a surveillance video showing students fleeing the Parkrose High School compound after Angel Granados-Diaz brought a shotgun to school on May 17, 2019. (Image: Multnomah County District Attorney)

According to CNN, the district attorney's office said that Granados-Diaz never pointed the weapon at anyone but himself. He tried to pull the trigger, but the shotgun did not fire.

At that moment, Lowe took the shotgun from Granados-Diaz. He can then be seen holding the shotgun as he backs out of the classroom, along with Granados-Diaz.

A screengrab from a surveillance video showing Angel Granados-Diaz being led out of the classrom by Keanon Lowe on May 17, 2019. (Image: Multnomah County District Attorney)

Another staff member retrieves the weapon, as Lowe embraces Granados-Diaz.

"I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him. I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living,” Lowe told NBC News.

“The universe works in amazing ways. Im lucky and Im happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy."

I'm blessed to be alive and extremely happy that the students are safe. I'm not sure what's next, I haven't had the time to really think about it. But I am sure I want to be a part of the solution to school gun violence. Thank you @PortlandPoliceRead More – Source