Ok, yikes… this is awkward.
A man who claimed to have thrown things at the El Paso mass shooter to distract him and save others was arrested Monday while visiting the White House to be honored as a hero.
Well, video surveillance proved that didn’t happen.
According to Daily Wire:
The Washington Examiner reported that Chris Grant was arrested by the Secret Service Monday as he was about to attend the White House event honoring heroes of the El Paso shooting. Grant had an outstanding criminal warrant. He also had a criminal record — but that shouldn’t matter if his act of heroism actually occurred.
But Sgt. Enrique Carrillo, spokesman for the El Paso police department, said no one checked with them to corroborate Grant’s account of the shooting. On August 3, a gunman entered an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 people and injuring many others. Grant was shot in the ribs and kidney during the attack. Grant told multiple news outlets that he threw bottles at the gunman to try and stop him.
“Nobody bothered to check with us,” Carrillo told the Examiner. “They would have been informed, as I am telling you now, that our detectives reviewed hours of video and his actions did not match his account.”
He added: “His statements were inconsistent with what was revealed on video.”
What drives people to do this?
It’s just so wildly gross. I mean, I KNOW many people are naturally attention whores, but it seems so messed up to take advantage of a situation where PEOPLE DIED.
Grant was interviewed previously by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, where he claimed to have tried to stop the shooter.
“To deter him, I started just chucking bottles, I just started throwing bottles, random bottles at him,” Grant said on CNN. “And I’m not a baseball player, so one went this way, one went that way. And then one went right towards him and then that’s when he saw me … When I got hit, it was like somebody put a hand grenade in my back and pulled the the pin.”
(Ok- Who’s surprised CNN didn’t fact check, either?)
While the events didn’t happen as he described, he was injured in the shooting. Regardless, I still wish him a full and speedy recovery.