As shots rang out at Chabad of Poway synagogue Saturday, Iraq War veteran Oscar Stewart, 51, ran directly toward the gunman, yelling and cussing so loudly the priest at a neighboring church could hear.
“Get down!” Stewart yelled, according to his wife and others who were at the scene. “You m**********r! I’m going to kill you!”
“I knew I had to be within five feet of this guy so his rifle couldn’t get to me,” Stewart said. “So I ran immediately toward him, and I yelled as loud as I could. And he was scared. I scared the hell out of him.”
“He was in the act of shooting when I saw him,” Stewart said. “When I yelled at him he turned and looked at me, and he like froze. And then the look on his face was one of amazement at first, and then one of fear. He saw me coming, and I was ready to do whatever I had to do to stop him.”
The shooter ran, and Stewart immediately gave chase.
When the attacker reached his car and locked himself inside, Stewart began punching and pounding on it, trying to stop him from fleeing. At that point another man attending the synagogue came running out, yelling for Stewart to get down, because he had a gun. The second man opened fire on the car as the attacker sped away.
Stewart credits the man with potentially saving his life. “It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun,” he said.