There were lots of heroes in today's Houston active shooting incident. Obviously the Houston, West U and Bellaire police officers and other first responders who ducked for cover, risking their own lives to stop the shooter, are heroes.
Then there was the man who reportedly got out of his car, turned on his flashlight, and waved other commuters away from the shooting area. I'm sure we will hear about more heroes in the coming days.
But since this is a Houston media blog, let me focus on one of the journalists who put his life on the line to bring television viewers coverage.
KTRK abc13 photographer Jaime Zamora was the first journalist on the scene in the West U area.
"Nothing like starting the week in the middle of an active shooter scene," Zamora tweeted a few hours after the scene settled down. "Must have heard 40 shots. Hid behind [a] pillar."
Channel 13 anchor Natasha Barrett said on air that Zamora was at the nearby Randall's supermarket, behind those pillars, trying to photograph what was happening. It was dark and at the time no one knew what was happening, where the gunshots were coming from or how many shooters were involved.
Once daylight broke, Zamora continued reporting from the scene - even on camera which is rare for a TV photog.
Thanks to Zamora's interview with attorney Skip Cornelius, the Houston TV audience first learned about one of the shooting victims. Cornelius' son was shot in the arm while in his car.
TV viewers noticed Zamora's hard work and showered the longtime KTRK employee with praise.
@13Photogzamora Jaime is a brave guy. I was late to work because I was watching Jaime's coverage. Great work.— Kenny Kelly (@kennykelly87) September 26, 2016
Ch 13 Photog Jaime Zamora got to the scene so fast, he found himself running for cover, shooting in West University, southwest Houston, Tx. pic.twitter.com/krEp9Ls5xw— Billy Miller (@video296) September 26, 2016
@13Photogzamora @abc13houston Thank you Jaime for your bravery while still bringing viewers the news! Glad you are safe. God bless you!— Feevotionals (@Feevotionals) September 26, 2016
On a lighter note, Zamora was just featured on ESPN last week:
Just another day on @espn Top 10 plays of the day! @astros @MLB #flashingleather pic.twitter.com/mKkDqKaLjK— jaime zamora (@13Photogzamora) September 23, 2016