By Sunnivie Brydum
Originally published on Advocate.com December 13 2012 1:36 PM ET
A gay man who works at Macy's is being lauded as a hero for helping customers safely escape an Oregon mall when a gunman opened fire there on Tuesday, killing two people before turning the gun on himself.
Allan Fonseca, who works at the Lancome makeup counter inside Macy's at Orgeon's Clackamas Town Center Mall, guided customer Jocelyn Lay of the building during Tuesday's shooting. Once Lay was safe, Fonesca went back inside the mall twice more to help other shoppers escape safely.
"I felt that if I knew how to get out of the mall and out to safety then I should share that knowledge with everyone else, like the shoppers who don't come here regularly and don't know all of the exits," Fonseca told ABC's Good Morning America. "So I decided to go back up because I wanted to see if there was anybody in panic or didn't know where to go."
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Fonseca has three times earned scholarships from the the LGBTQ Greater Seattle Business Association's Scholarship Association, most recently this year, when he recieved the Don Moreland Memorial Scholarship. According to the GSBA's website, Fonseca served as the president of Eagle Pride and as vice president of VOX/Scary Feminists at Eastern Washington University, and hopes to study nursing.
Watch Fonseca describe his bravery, and see Lay decribe the young man as "my hero," below.