Alek was with GMA in Roseburg, which he has called "home" for the past six years, to discuss the October 1 tragedy. "It's just absolutely insane, to be in a situation like this, especially in my town Roseburg," Alek said. Six weeks ago, he helped to thwart a potential attack, and that led to DWTS. But by that point he had already enrolled for Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday classes at UCC. "If I didn't get called for the dancing show I would've been on campus," Alek said. GMA said they know what he would've done, if he was there. Alek replied, "Well, I would've tried anyway."
Here's his GMA interview:
Alek was in the DWTS studio with pro partner Lindsay Arnold when he got the news about the UCC shooting. He was on a flight to Roseburg about an hour after the news, and also gave a reaction statement to People:
Alek told GMA everyone he contacted was safe, which is good to hear, but 10 people did die (including the shooter) with at least 10 others injured.
I was enrolled as a student at Umpqua Community College prior to my 2014 deployment to Afghanistan. While I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time in August aboard a train bound for Paris, I only wish that the same could be said for today. I wish that I could have been there today to assist. I praise the first responders who were on the ground today in Roseburg as they undoubtedly were integral in saving numerous lives and putting a stop to what could have been more than tragic than it is. My heart and prayers go out to this community, my community, right now."
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