Texas concealed carry holder thwarts attempted mass murder in bar?
Police in Texas say a concealed carry holder is a “hero” for shooting a crazed attacker and preventing what could have been a slaughter inside a crowded sports bar on Wednesday.Have you also noticed that all the hysteria over allowing campus concealed carry has not resulted in anyone killing professors as some had asserted? In this case, having someone with a concealed carry gun on the premises probably saved lives.
The man, who was dining with his wife at Zona Caliente in Arlington, Tex., quickly sprung into action when he witnessed the gunman shoot and kill the bar manager, police said. The man took a gun he had on a concealed carry permit and quickly shot at the assailant.
The good Samaritan has not been publicly identified, but police identified the assailant as 48-year-old James Jones of Grand Prairie, Texas.
“We’re treating the good guy as sort of a hero,” Arlington Police spokesman Christopher Cook said Thursday.
Witnesses told police that Jones walked into the bar and began yelling incoherently. Jones shot and killed 37-year-old Cesar Perez, the bar manager, after he tried to engage him in conversation to find out what he wanted, police say. That’s when the armed customer drew his own weapon and shot Jones.
“After he [Jones] was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Cook told the Arlington Voice. “We know people were trying to escape, but we’re not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”
In the aftermath of the shootings, police discovered that the incident could have been much deadlier. Investigators found two more loaded guns and two knives on Jones’ body.