SEATTLE -- Police described a "hero" at the Seattle cafe yesterday where a gunman went on a deadly rampage who threw stools at the assailant and saved people's lives. The "hero" - whom police identified by his first name as Lawrence - told police he was getting his usual morning coffee when Stawicki walked through the door...
As Stawicki opened fire, Lawrence grabbed a bar stool.
"I just threw the frigging stool at him, legs first," he said. "My brother died in the World Trade Center. I promised myself, 'if something like this ever happened, I would never hide under a table.'"
Lawrence said Stawicki "looked at me like he didn't [care] at all. He just moved towards the rear of the bar instead of dealing with me at all, and I just brushed past him. He was on a mission to kill my friends."
Lawrence survived the attack and is now recovering from the tragic events.
"Yesterday I was all adrenaline," he said. "Today, my friends are dead. I'm just grieving right now."
As for the hero reference, Lawrence said, "I wasn't a hero." He pointed to an employee who was wounded and able to call 911. "He's the hero."