Colorado high school student Joshua Jones called his mother while subduing shooter

A Colorado high school student who was inside a classroom when a shooter opened fire last week decided to phone his mother while actively subduing the attacker.

Joshua Jones, an 18-year-old senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch, recalled during a Tuesday press conference the horrifying moment one of his fellow classmates entered his British literature class on May 7 and pulled out a gun.

Jones was one of three students — including Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy — who made a "split-second" decision to lunge at the shooter, the teenager told reporters.

"He retrieved a gun from what he was carrying it in, he brought it up, said 'nobody move,'" Jones recalled. "Me, Brendan and Kendrick all got up ... pretty much at the same time."

"There wasn't a whole lot that was going through my mind at the time. Adrenaline and tunnel vision are a crazy thing," he continued. "They make it so that you don’t really focus on anything but what’s right in front of your face at that moment."

However, amid the life-or-death situation, Jones still thought to call his mother, who encouraged him to remain calm.

"She always has been a problem solver for me," he said during the conference. "It was a pretty quick conversation. It was really just something like, 'Hey, Mom. There's been a school shooting. I've been involved. The authorities are on the way. They’re going to get an ambulance and I’m going to go to the hospital. That's all I got right now for you.'"

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Joshua Jones, front, who was wounded while trying to stop a gunman involved in the attack on the STEM School Highlands Ranch last week, speaks during a news conference as his mother, Lorie, looks on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. Jones, Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy tackled the teen who opened fire at the school south of Denver on May 7. Castillo was fatally shot. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Lorie Jones, back, makes a point while her son Joshua, who was wounded while trying to stop a gunman involved in the attack on the STEM School Highlands Ranch last week, looks on during a news conference Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. Jones, Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy tackled the teen who opened fire at the school south of Denver on May 7. Castillo was fatally shot. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Jones, back, considers a question as his son, Joshua, who was wounded while trying to stop a gunman involved in the attack on the STEM School Highlands Ranch last week, looks on during a news conference Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Littleton, Colo. Jones, Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy tackled the teen who opened fire at the school south of Denver on May 7. Castillo was fatally shot. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Brendan Bialy jokes with reporters as he recounts his role in stopping the attack at the STEM School Highlands Ranch Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. Eighteen-year-old Bialy said he, Kendrick Castillo and a third student tried to stop the gunman on Tuesday by charging at him at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Brendan Bialy hands back a microphone after he spoke about his role in stopping the attack at the STEM School Highlands Ranch during a news conference Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. Bialy is a member of the Marines' Delayed Entry program and the Marines say Bialy put his own safety at risk and showed "courage and commitment" in helping tackle a gunman on Tuesday in the STEM School Highlands Ranch in the south Denver suburbs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Brendan Bialy, third from left, joins mother Dena Martin, right, father Brad Bialy, far left, and attorney Mark Bryant to speak about his role in stopping the attack at the STEM School Highlands Ranch during a news conference Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Englewood, Colo. Eighteen-year-old Bialy said he, Kendrick Castillo and a third student tried to stop the gunman by charging at him during Tuesday's attack at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Devon Erickson, an accused STEM School shooter, appears at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The attackers were identified by law enforcement officials as 18-year-old Erickson and a younger student who is a juvenile and was not named. They allegedly walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch through an entrance without metal detectors and opened fire in two classrooms. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
Devon Erickson, an accused STEM school shooter, signs paperwork during his advisement at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The attackers were identified by law enforcement officials as 18-year-old Erickson and a younger student who is a juvenile and was not named. They allegedly walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch through an entrance without metal detectors and opened fire in two classrooms. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
Devon Erickson, an accused STEM school shooter, answers the judge during his advisement at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The attackers were identified by law enforcement officials as 18-year-old Erickson and a younger student who is a juvenile and was not named. They allegedly walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch through an entrance without metal detectors and opened fire in two classrooms. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
A photograph of student Kendrick Castillo stands amid a display of tributes outside the STEM School Highlands Ranch a week after the attack on the school that left Castillo dead and others injured, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A display grows outside the STEM School Highlands Ranch a week after the attack on the school that left one student dead and others injured, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Student Kendrick Castillo pictured in the display was was fatally wounded in the May 7 shooting. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Young women console each other during a community vigil to honor the victims and survivors of yesterday's fatal shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Display grows outside the STEM School Highlands Ranch a week after the attack on the school that left one student dead and others injured Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Attendees illuminate their mobile telephones during a community vigil to honor the victims and survivors of yesterday's fatal shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch, late Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
RETRANSMIT WITH ALTERNATE CROP Officials guide students off a bus and into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Parents gather in a circle to pray at a recreation center where students were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A parent leaves the recreation center where students were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, right, confers with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis during a news conference on Tuesday's shooting at a charter school, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A Douglas County, Colo., Sheriff's Department deputy walks the perimeter of the parking lot outside the STEM School Highlands Ranch after a shooting Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A Douglas County, Colo., Sheriff's Department vehicle blocks the entrance to the west parking lot of the STEM School Highlands Ranch after a shooting Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
School buses arrive at a recreation center set up for students to get reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
A parent leaves with a child from the recreation center where students were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Fire and police gather at the recreation center where students were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Parents leave a recreation center with their child where students were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Parents hug as they wait for the arrival of their children at the recreation center where the students were reunited with their parents Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Students step off a bus and head into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Students are led from a bus into a recreation center where they were reunited with their parents after a shooting at a suburban Denver middle school Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Jones was shot twice in the leg during the attack and is said to be recovering quickly, while Bialy, a senior who is enrolled in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, remained physically unharmed.

Castillo, a close friend of Bialy's, was tragically killed. The 18-year-old senior, a decorated four-year member of the school's robotics team, was the sole fatality of the shooting, which left eight others injured.

Devon Erickson, 18, and Alec McKinney, a 16-year-old female who prefers male pronouns, were arrested in relation to the incident. They are both being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, NBC News reports.

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