Revealed: Hero who saved baby from Walmart shooting was homeless man

A heroic civilian who saved a baby during a mass shooting at a Walmart in Texas has been identified as a homeless man who also returned to the store to help treat the wounded.

Security footage from the attack last August, which killed 22 people and injured dozens more, showed Lazaro Ponce carrying an infant away from the scene of what was the eighth deadliest shooting in modern US history.

Police were quick to put out an appeal to help identify the then-unknown Mr Ponce, whose actions at the El Paso store were hailed as “critical and life-saving”.

Shoppers exit with their hands up after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso
Image:Shoppers exit with their hands up after the shooting
People that were evacuated sit in a parking lot across from a Walmart where a shooting occurred at Cielo Vista Mall
Image:People were evacuated by police

Five months on, Mr Ponce came forward and was interviewed by FBI agents in Memphis, Tennessee, where it was confirmed that he was the man in the video.

This heroic civilian has been identified as Lazaro Ponce. Pic: El Paso Police Department
Image:Mr Ponce was caught on camera before the shooting Pic: El Paso Police Department

El Paso Police Department described him as a “hero” and said he “helped save several lives”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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