Baton Rouge, La- For Casey Cowan everything started with a piercing scream and a couple rounds of gunfire.
“As soon as i heard that pop i knew what it was. And so I just knew we had to get here as quickly as possible,” Casey Cowan said.
He was working inside Walmart before chaos erupted next to customer service. But in the face of danger, he chose to stay strong.
“I was a teacher and also a driver for an ambulance before I did marketing, and my first instinct was to protect the people that were with me. These are my students right now. I have to protect them.”
It wasn’t until the cluster of employees he’d led were safe in the back of the store, that he came to grips with what he’d been through.
“After I was outside I started getting the shakes) For people like Cowan who were inside when the shooting happened, this moment brought back fragments of news cycles about the shootings in El Paso,Texas and Dayton, Ohio earlier this week.
“You never thought it’d happen in Baton Rouge. I questioned myself. Not gunshots in this Walmart not now. Not right now,” Josephine Gautreaux said.
But for Cowan and Gautreaux, this was a close call and an eye opener. “
“People be alert. If you here a popping sound in a store you better turn and run.”