Family Of Marine Just Feet Away From Chattanooga Shooter Speaks

Posted at 10:05 PM, Jul 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 05:50:27-04

ROCKVALE, Tenn. -- This weekend we have heard from family members affected by the shooting in Chattanooga, including an interview with one man who said his daughter was just feet away from the suspected gunman Mohammod Abdulazeez when he opened fire.

Dan Vincent is the father of Marine Sergeant Amanda Vincent, who he said worked inside the building where the second shooting took place.

Amanda told her father that as the gunman started shooting, she and other marines ducked under their desks and barricaded themselves inside.

Her father said had the gunman turned around the other direction, Amanda likely would have been killed.

“She's mentioned many times, had he gone to the left, she wouldn't be here today because she was sitting right there, and she would have been the first target,” Dan Vincent said.

He said several stories of valor and heroism emerged during the harrowing moments at the reserve center on Thursday, particularly the story of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, who managed to escape the gunfire inside the building, but went back in after realizing other marines were still inside.

“I believe in my heart he did save others because I believe the shooter would have went through the building and found the people that were hiding, trying to get away, that were unarmed,” Vincent said.

Vincent has been pushing for a change to allow trained servicemen and women to carry concealed weapons in places like recruiting stations and military reserve centers.