Grand­mother’s self­less act

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Sun­day school teacher Peggy War­den threw her­self in front of her grand­son (right) when a gunman opened fire onto the con­gre­ga­tion at First Bap­tist Church, get­ting fa­tally shot as she pro­tected the 18-year-old, rel­a­tives said.

SUN­DAY school teacher Peggy War­den threw her­self in front of her grand­son when a gunman opened fire onto the con­gre­ga­tion at First Bap­tist Church, get­ting fa­tally shot as she pro­tected the 18-year-old, rel­a­tives said. The teen then shielded a child hiding un­der a pew.

Ms War­den, 56, was one of more than two dozen peo­ple killed in Sun­day’s shoot­ing at the Suther­land Springs church. Her grand­son Zach Pos­ton was one of about 20 other peo­ple in­jured and de­scribed what hap­pened from the San An­to­nio hospi­tal where he was still re­cov­er­ing, said Ms War­den’s brother Jimmy Stevens. “Ba­si­cally, Peggy stood up and just shielded over him while the shooter was shoot­ing. And when she got hit in the back he said he turned - be­cause he heard her - and when he turned to see if she was OK, she passed away im­me­di­ately,” Stevens said.

Mr Pos­ton al­ready had been hit in his arms, legs and side, Mr Stevens said, when he saw a small child try­ing to get out from un­der­neath a pew. So Mr Pos­ton shoved the child back un­der, Mr Stevens said, and was shot again in the leg.

“So he took what Peggy gave him and he passed it on to help some­one else,” Mr Stevens said.

Mr Stevens said one of the con­gre­gants was a nurse who was able to help ban­dage Mr Pos­ton, likely keep­ing the high school se­nior from bleed­ing to death. “He will re­cover phys­i­cally at some point. We just don’t know what that point will be,” Mr Stevens said.

The gunman shot and killed 25 peo­ple at the church. Author­i­ties have put the of­fi­cial toll at 26, be­cause one of the victims was preg- nant. The gunman died of what ap­peared to be a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound af­ter crash­ing his car.

Pic­ture: AP

COURAGE UN­DER FIRE: Hero Zach Pos­ton at a hospi­tal in San An­to­nio af­ter be­ing shot dur­ing the church mas­sacre.

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