The Background: "He had a look on him that he was willing to kill," said Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk. "He said he didn't have any reason to live, and he knew he was going to die today." According to the Washington Post, Tuff began telling him the story of her own life in order to calm him down. She described how her separation from her husband after 33 years of marriage left her feeling lonely and in pain, but she encouraged the man not to succumb to despair.
She said she prayed for the gunman during the crisis, and credited God with helping her maintain her composure.
"I give it all to God. I'm not the hero. I was terrified," she said. "I just explained to him that I loved him," she said. "I didn't know his name, I didn't know much about him, but I did love him."
In the video below, Tuff explains how she made it through the ordeal.