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A Heroic Schoolteacher Shielded Her Colleague from Gunfire During Louisiana Theater Shooting

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A schoolteacher is being hailed as a hero after jumping in front of a colleague to shield her when a gunman opened fire on a Louisiana theater on Thursday during a screening of the movie Trainwreck, according to multiple reports.

“Her friend literally jumped over her and, in her account, actually saved her life,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said at a press conference, according to ABC News. “If she hadn’t done that … that bullet, she believed it would have hit her in the head.”

The initial act of heroism led to another. The second teacher, despite being wounded, was able to pull the fire alarm and alert authorities of the fatal shooting that left three dead and nine injured at The Grand 16–Lafayette theater, ABC reports.

“Even though she was shot in the leg, she had the presence of mind to pull the fire alarm to help save other lives,” Jindal said of the second teacher.

Jindal praised the two women at the press conference, saying they both acted courageously despite being struck by the gunfire.

Jindal said one of the teachers remained in the hospital Thursday night and the other had been released.

Police say more than 100 people were in the theater at the time of the shooting, ABC reports. The gunman, identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser, killed two people before turning the gun on himself, the Associated Press reports.

Trainwreck star Amy Schumer Tweeted that her “heart is broken” because of the violent act.