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When Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, he managed to kill 49 people and injure 53 others.

While it's illegal to carry a concealed weapon at a bar in the state of Florida, a popular narrative since the massacre has since been: What if one of the bystanders in the club had a gun?

At Playoffz nightclub in Lyman, South Carolina, another headline-grabbing tragedy nearly happened after 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled his weapon during an argument.

WISTV reported that:

Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.

The shots Thompson fired were non-fatal, but still hit three club-goers. And when he tried to shoot at a fourth, the man turned the tables on Thompson by drawing his pistol and shooting back.

Thompson was wounded in the leg. The man, who has yet to be identified, isn't facing any charges for his harrowing actions.

While a mass shooting is defined by the FBI as an event where a murderer takes four lives or more via firearm, Thompson wasn't able to get any additional shots off because of the man who was legally concealed-carrying his handgun.

Thompson was charged with four counts of attempted murder and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

And there you have it: A potential mass casualty incident was prevented due to a civilian who was prepared to act in a time of crisis.

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