A Texas concealed carry holder is being hailed as a hero for his swift action in taking out a gunman.
Authorities say the gunman walked into Zona Caliente, in the 6500 block of South Cooper Street (Arlington, TX), about 6:15 p.m. and fatally shot 37-year-old Cesar Perez of Duncanville, the bar’s manager, Arlington police spokesman Christopher Cook said.
Authorities later found two loaded guns and two knives on [shooter] James Jones, Cook said.
“We do believe he had the capacity to do much greater harm,” Cook said.
Witnesses say Jones entered the bar and started yelling “incoherently.”
Police spokesperson Lt. Christopher Cook reported, “When the suspect came in, he walked up to the bar and started yelling. Customers said he was yelling incoherent and strange things.”
It was reported that Perez was trying to have a conversation with Jones to calm him down
Then patrons’ worst nightmare happened; Jones drew a gun and fatally shot Perez.
“After he was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Cook said. “We know people were trying to escape, but we’re not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”
And then an unidentified man police are calling the “Good Samaritan” took action. The concealed carrier told his wife to get down, drew his weapon, and fatally shot Jones.
Police believe this man saved many lives.
“Had the Good Samaritan not intervened, there could have further loss of life,” Cook said.
And, because this is Texas, the hero faces no charges. Because he didn’t do anything illegal. He was lawfully carrying his firearm in an establishment that, thankfully, was gun-friendly.
This is why arming yourself is so important. That “Good Samaritan” was out for a night with his wife. He didn’t expect the worse to happen. But he was prepared for it anyway.
Stay safe. Stay armed.
Police say a customer was a concealed carry holder said to his wife "get down," then stood up and took out the restaurant shooter pic.twitter.com/td1Ag8BpYE
— Charlotte Huffman (@WFAAcharlotte) May 4, 2017