One armed man on a verge to carry out a mass shooting was stopped by two men with firearm permits, last Friday Rockledge, Florida.
When Stephen Willeford stopped the Southerland Springs shooter with his AR-15, the liberals quickly claimed that the armed citizens cannot prevent mass shootings.
One of the liberals’ favorite trick to “prove” that citizens can prevent shootings is to pretend like the already stopped potential mass shootings don’t count because there aren’t enough victims. And they also use cases like Sutherland Springs to prove that one citizen with firearm can’t react fast enough.
One advantage of having a legal firearm is that the bad guys with firearms know not everybody is totally defenseless. The law-abiding citizens not only stop crimes, but they deter them.
For instance, as a result of the Black Friday shooting in Florida one person died and another one was left paralyzed before the two good guys stopped the shooting saving many more lives.
The police stated that one man with 45-caliber handgun and ammunition walked into a car repair shop and started shooting from the parking Friday afternoon.
He managed to kill one worker and paralyze another before the employees at Schlenker Automotive started firing back, said Rockledge police chief Joseph La Sata.
“The manager, who was a concealed weapons permit holder, came out and engaged in gunfire in the parking lot,” La Sata stated. “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.”
The suspect Robert Lorenzo Bailey Jr., 28, had two gun-wounds and is in critical condition at Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, under a police watch.
As Rockledge police chief said Bailey intended to inflict more harm, but, as sad the employee’s death is, the shooting could have ended much worse if nobody stopped him.
“If not for the brave, quick thinking of the employees at Schlenker, this could have been a lot worse,” La Sata stated. “Mr. Bailey had multiple magazines on his person. He was intent on doing harm. The employees stepped up.”
Roger Lee Smith, 50, was shot and killed in the parking lot when he came out after hearing the first shot which paralyzed his 25-year-old co-worker.
Bailey had no previous relation with Shlenker Automotive when he started shooting the employees.
The owner of the shop issued a statement on Sunday:
“In this difficult time of mourning the loss of Roger and the severe injuries that (our other employee) has sustained, we would like to thank all of the community for the overwhelming support and prayers we have received. We know there will be a long healing process ahead of us but we want to reassure everyone that this is an organization full of dedicated, courageous, and heroic individuals serving this community,” the statement read.
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