EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA.com) — Robin Love says this month’s LAX shooting was memorable for more reasons than one.
In addition to the chaos and terror, Love said Nov. 1 was the day she realized just how much her 15-year-old son Luke loves her.
She and Luke were at the security checkpoint when the alleged shooter Paul Ciancia, 23, opened fire.
Robin was waiting for her laptop on one end of the X-ray machine while Luke stood at the other end. He crouched as he ran to help his mother, who stood frozen as the incident unfolded.
“He said, ‘Mom, get down,’ and he pulled me down. I said, ‘No, my laptop,’ but he successfully got me down,” said Robin, as she chuckled at her having hesitated to get her computer.
Luke proceeded to lead his mother, who has a bad knee, and other passengers to safety.
When the high school freshman saw an open door he ushered his mother inside, where 10 people were already hiding. Luke instructed them to barricade the door, turn off the lights and silence their cell phones.
When help arrived, Luke gave the OK to open the door.
It was “a big relief, we were OK, and that we knew we would be OK, and we could live another day,” Luke said.
Luke credits his experience in the Boy Scouts for giving him the skills he needed that day.
“He’s shown a lot of maturity over the years, but this is something I never expected, for him to step up and be such a hero,” Robin said.