Josh Jones was at his desk, watching “The Princess Bride” in his 12th-grade British Literature class in STEM College Highlands Ranch, when a classmate entered the room, pulled out a gun and mentioned, “No person transfer.”
Jones, alongside along with his buddies Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy, didn’t hear.
“You by no means anticipate that to occur,” Jones advised reporters Tuesday. “You by no means anticipate to make that alternative at any level in your life.”
His alternative was to spring out of his chair and rush the shooter, a split-second determination he recounted in a information convention at a Littleton occasion middle. His actions, together with these of Castillo and Bialy, spared additional bloodshed in an assault that left Castillo lifeless and eight injured — together with Jones.
Jones recalled Castillo leaping up first, adopted rapidly by Bialy and himself. Castillo shoved the shooter into the wall whereas Jones took him to the bottom. Bialy, in the meantime, wrestled the gun away from the gunman. It took all three of them to save lots of lives, he mentioned.
“If it was simply me or simply Brendan or simply Kendrick, it could have been a lot worse for everyone else in that room,” Jones mentioned.
As he pinned the shooter to the bottom, Jones known as his mom. In a measured tone, he advised her that there had been a college taking pictures and that he was OK. His mother requested if he was bleeding. A little bit, he mentioned.
“I used to be in all probability extra calm than the state of affairs warranted,” Jones mentioned.
How did he preserve such a demeanor in a frantic state of affairs?
“Adrenaline and tunnel imaginative and prescient are a loopy factor,” he mentioned.
With the adrenaline coursing by his system, Jones mentioned he didn’t instantly notice that he had been shot. He doesn’t know precisely when it occurred. He later seen that he suffered two gunshot wounds to his left leg within the wrestle: one to his higher thigh, the opposite to his decrease calf. The bullets went straight by, lacking any main arteries. Jones went to the hospital Tuesday afternoon however was capable of go residence later that night time. The restoration, Jones mentioned, goes in addition to he might hope.
“I’m a younger child,” he mentioned, drawing smiles from his dad and mom. “You possibly can fall off of something and stand up the subsequent day.”
Jones hopes to be off crutches and strolling by his highschool commencement, which is in simply six days.
“I anticipate commencement as being a bit extra somber than it could have been,” Jones mentioned. “We’re lacking one of many children who’s been there for the reason that very starting.”
Castillo, Bialy and he have been good buddies, Jones mentioned, hanging out at one another’s homes, chatting typically at school.
“Kendrick was simply going off to school; he was doing nice issues, and it’s actually a disgrace that he needed to go away us so early,” Jones mentioned.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jones will probably be participating within the denomination’s customary missionary program subsequent yr. However after that, he mentioned, he desires to turn into an EMT.
“After what occurred, the EMTs have been simply so extremely useful and type,” he mentioned. “I need to try this, to have the ability to assist those who want it.”
Jones mentioned all of the coaching for what to do in case of a college shooter taught him to run away, to cover, to attend for authorities to reach.
“I’m glad I made my determination,” he mentioned. “However I hope nobody has to make that call ever once more.”