Walmart Employee and Customer Rescued about 140 People during the El Paso Shooting

Bettina Dizon
Aug 08, 2019
06:00 P.M.
Share this pen

Walmart employee Gilbert Serna and customer Adria Gonzalez from El Paso helped 140 people escape the store during the shooting this weekend.


Gilbert Serna and Adria Gonzalez saved the lives of over 140 people who were at Walmart during the El Paso shooting.

The employee of nearly 19 years guided about 100 people out the back exit and hid them in shipping containers.



After his already heroic act of bringing people inside the containers, he closed the door to check on others who were still stuck inside. The brave man rescued around six members of a girls’ soccer team and brought them to Sam’s club next door.

“I was scared, I’m not going to lie, but I wasn’t thinking about my own safety. I was thinking about everybody else’s safety,” Serna told CNN.



Gonzalez, a regular customer at the store also helped about 40 customers find their way out. After taking off her pink hat, she waved it to get attention and signaled those who saw to go out with her.

“You see this happening in the movies but when you live it yourself, when you see a person killing, the blood everywhere,” Gonzalez said. “You are in shock.”


Gonzalez can still vividly remember the horrible sights of the bloody day - a young boy shot in the leg, a man bleeding on the floor, a woman trying to make a run for it but failed.


After the tragedy that occurred, an 11-year-old boy from the city started the El Paso Challenge, which urges everyone to do 20 random acts of kindness for the 20 people who died during the shooting.

The incident left Ruben Martinez in fear and asked his mother to have groceries delivered from then on to avoid such happenings.

After his mom told him to come up with something that could “make El Paso a little better,” he thought of the challenge.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Old Lady Adopts Lost Little Boy with Note in His Pocket, His Mother Returns after 13 Years – Story of the Day

March 25, 2022

Cashier Yells at Boy Short $2, Gets Confused When He Sees Tennis Rackets Strapped to Boy’s Feet — Story of the Day

May 11, 2022

Boy with Prosthesis Is Denied by Soccer Team, Next Day Captain Personally Invites Him to Join – Story of the Day

May 07, 2022

Woman Takes Bullet for Stranger’s Son, His Dad Attends Funeral and Meets 9 Crying Kids There — Story of the Day

March 23, 2022

Poor Old Man Who Buys Groceries Every Day Stops Showing Up, Store Owner Decides to Check on Him — Story of the Day

March 11, 2022

Lonely Mom of Three Comes to Feed Babies in the Morning and Sees They Had Already Been Fed — Story of the Day

May 09, 2022

Boy Who Lost Faith after Parents' Death Goes to Church for Help for the First Time in Years – Story of the Day

January 26, 2022

Every Day Old Lady Sees Lonely Triplets Playing All Day Long on the Beach and Follows Them — Story of the Day

February 04, 2022

Postman Hears Loud Cry from Abandoned House and Rushes Inside — Story of the Day

April 28, 2022

Rich Man’s Young Widow Learns He Left $4.7M Inheritance to Unknown 81-Year-Old Named Anna — Story of the Day

May 04, 2022

Wanting to Be a Lifeguard Like Late Dad, Boy Saves Drowning Girl & Gets a Box from Her Mom Later — Story of the Day

March 29, 2022

Old Man Finds Kid in Cold Forest and Learns She Is His Granddaughter He Never Knew About – Story of the Day

April 06, 2022

Homeless Old Man Sees a Woman Pushing Crying Little Girl into a Car and Gets Suspicious – Story of the Day

February 05, 2022

Elderly Lady Faints in Supermarket, Selfless Employee Gets Down on the Floor Next to Her

February 17, 2022