Witnesses recall shooting at Louie's restaurant, thank those who saved their lives

Witnesses recall shooting at Louie's restaurant, thank those who saved their lives (Courtesy of Brandi and David Duden)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Two witnesses of the shooting inside the Louie's restaurant in Oklahoma City are sharing their story.

On Thursday, police say Alexander Tilghman shot through the doors at the Louie's, hitting three people.

He was killed by two by-standers shortly after.

"Every time I go into a restaurant, I am not going to be able to forget that," Brandi Duden said.

Brandi and her husband, David, had just gotten their drinks at Louie's in Oklahoma City.

And then, there was utter chaos.

"I will never forget the sound of that glass breaking and those shots, and the feeling in the pit of my stomach when I realized what was happening," Brandi said.

They said people were running in all directions.

"You saw people hitting the ground and everyone moving away from the noise," Brandi said.

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David hopped over a ledge, trying to help those running for their lives.

"I went to the kitchen area and got low and held the door open and was telling people to come in that way," he said.

Three people were shot, another broke their arm and Brandi broke her toe running for safety.

"The whole time I just thought, 'What does it feel like to get shot?' and I don't want to know that," Brandi said.

Everyone except the gunman made it out of the restaurant.

Brandi says she can't help but think what could have happened had two bystanders not intervened and shot the gunman.

"I felt helpless and I don't ever want to feel like that again," Brandi said.

She's now looking at getting her concealed carry license.

"I am going to get mine, I want to be comfortable with it, I want to be able to have it if I need it," Brandi said.

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Especially if the couple is out with their daughter.

"I have a hard time telling my daughter she is safe, when I don't feel safe, and I don't know how to fix that," Brandi said.

Today they are thanking several people for their safety.

“Extremely gracious of the work of the Oklahoma City Police Department and the two individuals who took him down," David said. "I would love more than anything to meet those guys and shake their hands and buy them a beer.”

Until then, they will celebrate the life they have because of them.

Officers say the three people who were shot are doing well.

Police still aren't sure what the suspect's motive might have been.

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