When a gunman started firing shots in a Washington Walmart parking lot, an armed civilian shot and killed the suspect with his own gun.
According to KIRO 7, just after 5:30 p.m. local time, a man began shooting in a Walmart in Tumwater, which caused people to run out of the store.
“I heard two bangs. It sounded like gunshots to me,” witness Robert Berwick told the news station. “I looked down the aisle and saw a person running.”
When the suspect got outside, he tried to steal a car, but the man who was inside resisted and was shot. However, thanks to an armed civilian’s quick thinking, the suspect was shot before anyone else could be injured or killed.
KOMO News reported the civilian grabbed his own gun and shot and killed the suspect. Two other civilians reportedly had their guns drawn as well in case additional backup was needed.
Brian Adams, who aided the shooting victim, told Northwest News Network’s Austin Jenkins that the armed man is a pastor who is a “firearms expert,” but law enforcement officials haven’t released his identity.
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Brian went to aid of shooting victim in #Walmart parking lot in Tumwater. Says armed pastor who is firearms expert killed gunman. Calls him a “hero” for acting and is convinced lives were saved as a result. pic.twitter.com/7a8KYZlZBK
— Austin Jenkins N3 (@AustinJenkinsN3) June 18, 2018
“He’s a hero,” Adams repeatedly called the man. “[…] If this customer hadn’t done what he did, I mean — yeah, he’s a hero. I don’t know how else to describe it.”
Megan Chadwick was at the store with her kids at the time of the shooting and agreed with Adams, telling KOMO News, “Those men who stood up, they are heroes to me.”
“I thanked him for saving my life,” Berwick recounted to KIRO 7. “He didn’t look like he had any regrets. I hope he doesn’t have any.”
According to KOMO News, the suspect’s crime spree began earlier in the day when someone reported a drunk driver going the wrong way down the road.
While officers were on the scene, they received a call about a carjacking and shots being fired. When officers arrived there, they found a 16-year-old girl who had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Shortly after that, the man who is suspected of being the carjacker from earlier in the day began allegedly shooting at the Walmart.
The man who was shot in the Walmart parking lot after resisting the carjacker was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is in critical condition.