NightClub Shooter Shot & Stopped By Armed Concealed Carry Permit Holder

Bob Irwin highlights the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from defense with a gun.

Jody Ray Thompson (Courtesy: SCSO)
Jody Ray Thompson (Courtesy: SCSO)
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-( WIS-TV 10 reported last week (6/27/16) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina a man faces multiple attempted murder charges after opening fire outside a nightclub on Inman Road in Lyman early Sunday morning. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. at Playoffz nightclub

Deputies said a 32-year-old pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.

His rounds reportedly struck three victims, and almost struck another. That fourth individual had a concealed carry permit. He pulled his own weapon in self-defense and fired, striking the shooter in the leg, according to a Sherriff’s Department Lieutenant.

The shooter was still there when deputies arrived at the chaotic scene. After the victims and witnesses were interviewed, and a parking lot video reviewed, the 32 year old was identified as the suspect.

He was charged with four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. None of the victims’ injuries were life-threatening. The person who fired in defense of everyone, cooperated with investigators and won’t be facing any charges.

The shooter is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

FOX Carolina 21


Perfect! A hero in the right place at the right time.

A legally armed citizen saves an unknown number of lives by taking down an active shooter. He stays at the scene and co-operates with investigators.

This is why you carry your firearm. You may not need it but others might need you to use it to protect them. Jumping into third party defenses can be questionable, but surly not in this case. A fine job!

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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I’d be curious to learn the WHY of the unlawful possession charge against the perp. Is he a Prohibited Person? Or was he in a restricted place with his firearm? Important question. Glad the coppers threw as much as they could at him. Four attempted murder? Good. Realistic charges laid against him. Also impressed local LE did not put the irons on the hero shooter. All in all, a good shoot, but could have been better had his shot hit the femoral artery, or centre mass and taken out the heart. Still, one round one hit under those circumstances? And… Read more »

Gene Ralno

I’m reminded of New York, Connecticut, Washington and Colorado owners. They’ve been driven out of the practice of carrying. Thus, crowds like this suffer much more severe consequences.

Wild Bill

@Aubrey, You have got to prep the jury, which means you must practice preparing the jury as part of your practice routine. Let me back up. When the police arrive at your shooting incident, the witnesses will point you out as the shooter. The police will presume that you are the aggressor rather than the victim. At the beginning of your shooting incident, it is helpful to yell “Drop your weapon or Help, Help somebody call the police or other words of your choice”, to draw people’s attention to the fact that you are the victim. When the police arrive… Read more »


Nothing in the article or the tv report says that the CWP holder was arrested and “locked up”. Please provide a link to support your claim.
I agree that its probable that you will be “looked at”, maybe even booked and released.

Aubrey Nabb

A good thing he stepped up but the system locks him up ?? I teach personal protection classes and
I tell everyone that should they use their firearm–be prepared to get cuffed and hauled into jail–
and sit for days or weeks in jail waiting for an investigation. UNFAIR BUT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS.
Unfortunately ,too many police think you committed a crime because you defended yourself, even in your own home.


We get Bob Irwins stamp of approval on this shooting ! Awesome,now I can relax !


I guess the only bad thing is the criminal lived, snow we have to waste tax dollars on him.