ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Enterprise community is in mourning after one of their own was killed in Friday’s shooting. Enterprise High graduate Joshua Watson is believed to have saved countless lives after notifying officers first on the scene where the shooter was.
"He wasn't a kid anymore he was an officer in the United States Navy," said Ret. Sergeant Major Gary Price.
Flags at half staff wave proudly in the wind at Enterprise High School. Five years ago, Joshua Watson graduated and accepted a coveted spot in the US Naval Academy.
"Outstanding cadet I mean you just don't get picked up and go to the naval academy, straight out of high school, went up there, was on their riffle team was a captain on their raffle team his senior year," said Price.
Watson also was a rifle team captain and on the precision team at the high school.
"They were the better shooters," said Price.
As captain of the rifle team, 17 people looked up to Watson.
"Kids gravitated towards him. He was a natural leader just excelled within ROTC and excelled as a student, obviously, with being an academy appointee was a very very good student-teacher, loved him, the outpouring of sadness and emotion was pretty evident Friday when the news was spread," said Brent Harrison, EHS Principal.
"Took my breath away," said Price.
Price had taken off work Friday to play in a golf tournament.
"Hour or two later Sergeant sent me another text and told me what happened it's just so trivial here I am playing golf and here's a man who.."
Watson spent his last moments pointing emergency officials to the shooter at US Naval Air Station in Pensacola.
"Knowing that it even in his last actions he did something heroic as far as trying to alert everybody else what was going on. He was a hero way before December six, you know, and his actions just solidify his categorization of a hero," said Harrison.
"Total disbelief, you know, Enterprise Alabama, I mean we put out good kids not just rifle, ROTC…you never expect something like that," said Price.
School officials are planning on setting up a scholarship in his honor.