Another mass shooting at another Walmart in another part of the country was stopped today, thanks to a good guy with a gun.
The left refuses to acknowledge that law-abiding citizens with guns can prevent these incidents from occurring. The fact is, good guys with guns always stop the bad guy with a gun.
Tonight’s incident almost occurred in Springfield, MO, at a Walmart just like El Paso. The Springfield News-Leader Reports:
Police say a man was arrested Thursday after he showed up at a Springfield Walmart store with a loaded rifle and a bulletproof vest.
Lt. Mike Lucas with the Springfield Police Department said the incident occurred at about 4:10 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 3150 W. Republic Road.
Lucas said the man showed up to the business with body armor and military-style clothing and then walked inside carrying a “tactical rifle” and another gun.
Thank you, Springfield News-Leader for using the words “tactical rifle”, instead of “assault rifle.”
As shoppers were panicking and fleeing the store, Lucas said the man was taking video on his phone and making comments to people while pushing a shopping cart.
Lucas said the suspect then walked out of the store, where an off-duty firefighter held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived moments later.
The suspect, a 20-year-old white man, was arrested, but Lucas said police are still working to determine his motives and whether or not he intended to shoot anyone.
Lucas said the man had more than 100 rounds of ammo.
“His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that,” Lucas said.
So, maybe he didn’t have the intention of actually killing anyone, but his actions are still demonic and nearly terroristic. When just 5 days after several people are murdered in a Walmart by a psychopath in a very similar scenario, his base level motive is very clear. Havoc. Terror. Fear.
Thankfully, someone was there that had a concealed firearm and was able to secure the scene until police arrived. There’s not telling what the 20-year-old may have tried, or accomplished, in the three minutes it took police to arrive.
Thursday’s incident comes five days after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people.
Lucas said Springfield police officers arrived on scene in 3 minutes after the initial 911 call on Thursday. He said the scene was initially chaotic.
Lucas described the suspect as “pretty stoic” during the initial police contact. He said officers would be interviewing the suspect at the jail on Thursday to try to learn more about his motivations.
“His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business here,” Lucas said. “In fact, he’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest.”
A fire marshal was called out to the scene on Thursday to inspect the suspect’s car, a gray Mazda sedan that was left in the parking lot. Lucas said that was to ensure there were no bombs on the vehicle.
Lucas said police would be reviewing any surveillance video from the store and also checking the suspect’s social media accounts to see if he was live-streaming the events.