Florida: Another Mass Murder Stopped by Armed Citizens

Florida: Another Mass Murder Stopped by Armed Citizens
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- In Rockledge, Florida, at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 25th of November, 2017, two armed citizens stopped a mass murder in progress. 

Police Chief Joseph P. LaSata of the Rockledge Police Department, made clear the intervention of the armed citizens was responsible for stopping the murderer. 

Two employees were shot, one killed, in the parking lot. Then two armed employees intervened.

From the transcript of this video from wesh.com:

Matt Lupoli, reporter:

Another employee, a manager, came out with a gun of his own and shot and wounded Baily. That man has not been named, but police say he saved several other lives, customers and employees alike.

Rockledge Chief Joseph Lasata:

Mr. Baily had multiple magazines on his person.  He was intent on doing harm. The employees stepped up and prevented customers, employees, and other vendors who were in the business at the time from sustaining further injuries. They did a good job.

The murder suspect, Robert Lorenzo Bailey, Jr, 28, of Cocoa, is in critical condition at the Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melborne. None of his history has been released.The suspect has not been connected to Schlenker Automotive.

The murder and gunfight started in Schlenker's parking lot.  The suspect opened fire on a 25 year old employee, paralyzing him. He shot and killed 50 year old Roger Lee Smith, who had been employed at the shop for numerous years, as Smith came out the door to the parking lot. Then two armed employees, who had concealed carry permits, intervened.

From floridatoday.com:

The gunman killed one employee and paralyzed a second. That's when the employees at Schlenker Automotive fought back with equal force, Rockledge police chief Joseph La Sata said.

“The manager, who was a concealed weapons permit holder, came out and engaged in gunfire in the parking lot,” La Sata said. “The manager fled back inside the building, being chased by the gunman. Another Schlenker employee, who also had concealed weapons permit, engaged in gunfire with the suspect.”

This is the second time in three weeks armed citizens have intervened in a mass murder, preventing further murders from taking place. The first was Stephen Willeford, an NRA instuctor who grabbed his AR-15 and engaged the mass murderer at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, 2017. We do not know the names of the two armed citizens who stopped the casualty count at two in Rockledge, Florida on 25 November. We know they had concealed carry permits, and that citizens who carry guns legally are extremely law abiding.

When armed citizens intervene, lives are saved. Those who want a disarmed population use the effectiveness of interventions to claim they do not occur. As only one victim was killed before the murderer was stopped, some will say it was not a mass murder, therefore no one can say a mass murder was stopped by an armed citizen.

Here is a list, with links to more than two dozen cases where armed citizens stopped mass killing.

Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens, Updated

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 9 thoughts on “Florida: Another Mass Murder Stopped by Armed Citizens

    1. It is imperative for the Democrats to disarm America. First it is a UN mandate under resolution 2030. Second in order to create a global government the citizens must be unarmed to prevent an upraising against the elite who will not only benefit but subjugate the population. Therefore any defensive action must be denied.

    2. What would you do if you came across a known liberal anti gun being attacked as this story reads? There are several choices: run and hide, walk on by or defend the worthless tripe. The right thing to do would be to help him but you wouldn’t even get thanked for your help and would get scolded for having a gun. Liberals are upside down.

      1. Don’t you know the shooter is the victim, according to the lefty libritards, inside out upside down, and backwards.
        Stay locked and loaded, and practice,practice,practice, etc.,etc.,etc. ………………

      2. You do the right thing, even for the wrong person, not for thanks, but for your own honor. American military personnel go into harm’s way to protect leftist scum who despise them, as well as upright, patriotic Americans who support them without reservation. Always do the right thing. Makes ya feel good.

      1. Zackley… As in every other news worthy story, only the Liberal/democrat backed side is shown or spoken of OR it is completely buried. This one will be buried because it doesn’t help their anti gun rhetoric.

        1. @Rock, I agree, and would, also, point out the importance of sites like this where We the People can pass on good information. Always challenge trolls, propagandists, and just plain liars like Tony York who can refuses to credit good guys with guns (police, military, and citizens) making a difference every day.

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