International Hero/Oregon Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos addresses UCC shooting


International Hero and Oregon Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos will address the Oregon Umpqua Community College Shooting on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, October 1st.

Alek attended UCC prior to his 2014 deployment to Afghanistan and reveals he would have been on the campus today were it not for agreeing to be a part of "Dancing with the Stars."

Alek expresses grief, noting "everybody knows each other so with that many deceased I mean everybody's going to know at least one person."

On The "Oregon School Shooting"

Ellen: So normally when we have people from "Dancing with the Stars" on we would ask you to dance in the next segment, but because Today we're shooting this on Thursday this airs Monday. Today there was a shooting in Oregon and it was actually a shooting at the college that you go to. So it's not a great day for you to dance, but when we come back we're gonna talk about that. Because if you weren't on the show right now you would be there which is amazing. So we'll be back and talk about that.

More on The "Oregon School Shooting"

Ellen: There was a shooting in Oregon right now this is what we know. The shooter was 20 years old and he's deceased. There are 13 confirmed dead, more than 20 injured, the shooter had conversations with others online about intentions and he started it in Snyder Hall and moved to the science building. Which I understand you had classes in.

Alek: Right I had classes in Snyder Hall. I mean, it's a fairly small Community College and just the town in general everybody knows each other so with that many deceased I mean everybody's going to know at least one person.

Ellen: Yeah.

Alek: I mean I would have been there today if I didn't agree to do this show. I had classes picked out and everything.

Ellen: Wow. That really is devastating. And I, I mean when were you last there? How long ago?

Alek: I was there right before I deployed to Afghanistan right before Spring of 2014.

Ellen: Well you're a remarkable man. First of all, thank you for everything that you have done for us. And stick around on "Dancing with the Stars" so you can come back and dance. In some kind of red sequin thing I would prefer.

Lindsay: Oh for sure definitely. Spandex. Sequin.

Ellen: That's all I'm hoping. To all of our friends and viewers in Oregon especially those affected by this tragedy I send you my love. Please be kind to one another. Bye.

Alek and his "Dancing with the Stars" partner Lindsay Arnold were originally scheduled to discuss the French Train Terrorist Attack and show off their dance routine, for an episode to air on Monday, October 5th.

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