Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Open Carrier Plugs Robber/Spree Shooter

Robbery halted by an armed citizen in Richmond. It seems the robber shot the shopkeeper and threw hellfire and brimstone at some customers for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A friend of the shopkeeper was open carrying a single-action cowboy gun and fired once, dropping the armed robber. While this does fulfill some of the imagery of the "Wild West" gun control propaganda, it's hard to disagree with the result.

VCDL Blog has the inside story:
On Saturday, a violent criminal shot a store clerk, had the customers in the store lined up, and while reloading his revolver told the customers that he was going to kill them all.
Then a person open carrying a single-action Colt .45 came in and shot the criminal in the stomach, saving at least six or seven lives. I received a detailed account from a VCDL member who was at the scene (but not the person with the .45).
One of the things I was told is how some of the customers were telling the police that the open-carrier was a hero and how he saved their lives.
If that's not being a first-responder when no one else was there to help, I don't know what is.

It appears that the would-be bandit will be charged with attempted robbery, use of a firearm, and (predictably) possession of a firearm by a felon.

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