Tumwater, Washington –-(Ammoland.com)- Once again it is proven a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. This time it happened in a Walmart Supercenter parking lot in Tumwater, Washington.
Around 5:30 PM police responded to a call of a car driving erratically. Police assumed the driver was drunk. When they arrived on the scene, they found a 16-year-old female suffering minor injuries. The female reported that a man stole her car and fled the scene. Police tied the erratic driver to the stolen vehicle.
While the police were speaking to the victim at the scene of the car theft, they received another call of shots fired near Tumwater High School. It turns out that the shooting took place at a Walmart Supercenter near the school by the same suspect who stole the 16-year old girl’s car.
An armed man entered Walmart and fired three shots at a display case before leaving the store. The suspect did not hit anyone inside the store. The motives for the shooting inside the store is still under investigation.
The man then went outside the Walmart that is located 30 miles south-west of Tacoma Washington and tried to carjack another man. The carjacking victim refused to give up his car. The carjacker pulled his gun and then shot the driver for refusing to give up his car.
According to Tumwater Police spokeswoman Laura Wohl, medical personal airlifted the victim to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police and hospital staff have not released the condition of the victim at the time of this writing.
The unnamed suspect then tried to carjack another car in the same Walmart parking lot. This time he was stopped by a bystander with a concealed carry permit.
A father with his children saw everything going down in the parking lot and felt he needed to take action to protect his family and the other people in the Walmart parking lot. He pulled his gun from his holster and fired two shots that hit the madman instantly killing him bringing the rampage to an end.
A second citizen also pulled his handgun, but it is unclear if he fired any shots. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.
Brian Adams was in the store at the time of the shooting and fled to the parking lot where he saw the shooter. He took cover behind a car and watched the events unfold. He credits the father who stopped the suspect as a hero.
“This guy could have taken out more people, wounded or killed,” Adams told the Seattle Times. “People are grabbing their kids and pushing them in front of them and saying go, go, go and starting heading toward the nearest exit and you just start running, and you don’t know where to run to in all honesty.”
Police are continuing to investigate the Father’s Day crime, but the people of Tumwater owe a big thanks to the father who had a gun, and the will to use it to protect his family and others.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.