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U.S. Marine runs toward gunfire, applies lifesaving aid in Waikiki shooting > United States Marine Corps Flagship > News Display

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Amed Issa, a rifleman with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, was at the back of the bar when loud popping sounds sent the room into chaos, Jan. 6, 2023.

At first, Issa didn’t understand what was happening, but when the yells began and the mob frantically herded toward the back exit, he understood.

He did not intend to be in the bar. An hour earlier, he left a local restaurant and decided to walk down the lively, Friday-night Waikiki strip. He only entered the bar to use the restroom.

“I was there for maybe three minutes when the shots began,” said Issa. “I don’t know how to explain it; I just acted.”

As the sea of people pushed toward the back, Issa moved against the crowd.

“I ran toward the shots, pushing people down to cover. It was hard to tell what was going on. I thought someone was trying to come into the bar with a gun. I ran out of the bar as the first gunman shot a man on the sidewalk at close range.”

The man fell…

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