killer with a gun in the hallway

A student who survived the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., said he has a member of the janitorial staff to thank for his life, according to an article on the ABD13 website.

Senior David Hogg said he thought he heard a gunshot during his afternoon class, but that it was immediately followed by a fire alarm.

As students filed into the hallway thinking the situation was a fire drill, they were only feet away from the shooter.

"After I started running with the people, I realized that wasn't the best choice because there was a janitor that thank God stopped me and all of my fellow students from going in that direction, towards the shooter," Hogg said in the article.

This wasn’t the first time in recent memory that a school custodian was credited with saving lives in a school shooting situation.

In December 2017, a man posing as a student entered Aztec High School in northern New Mexico and opened fire, killing two students. According to reports, the situation could have been much worse if it weren't for the "swift action" of Thomas Hill, a custodian who pursued the gunman yelling "lockdown" and "active shooter."

In September of 2017, Joe Bowen, a school custodian, stopped a suspect from continuing a shooting rampage that killed one student and injured three others at a high school near Spokane, Wash.