Concealed Carrier Stopped Mass Shooting at Texas Night Club

November 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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Five people were injured by a shooter at an El Paso, Texas night club last weekend, and the casualties would have likely been worse if not for the presence of a concealed carrier.

According to the El Paso Times:

The incident happened at about 1 a.m. at Club Khaos, 115 S. Durango, in the Union Plaza District.

The man had been escorted out of the club by security for creating a disturbance, but returned a short time later and was seen near the front of the club, Sambrano said.

The suspect took out a handgun and fired multiple times at the entrance, injuring five people…

…The suspect was shot in the leg by an unknown individual and investigators believe this person was acting in self-defense, Sambrano said.

The suspect was able to flee the scene and was later arrested at an area hospital. He was later identified as 23-year-old Martin D. Guerrero, an Army Specialist out of Fort Bliss according to KVIA

The shooter who fired in self defense left the scene and has not been identified. It could be that he did not possess a valid carry permit or he was concerned that he was in violation of Texas carry laws if he did.

In Texas, it is generally illegal to carry at an establishment that gets 51% or more of its revenue from the sale of alcohol. However, a person charged with that crime has a valid defense if the establishment did not have a valid sign posted within the regulations set forth in Texas law.

This is actually the second time an armed patron has stopped a violent crime in a bar in Texas and refused to come forward due to the state’s carry laws.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is the 177th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Texas and the 1,348th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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