Via SooperMexican, an incident that could have ended in another mass killing, didn’t. An armed man walked into a restaurant adjacent to a movie theater Sunday night, looking for someone he knew and apparently intended to kill. He didn’t find that person, so instead he opened fire and shot a man before his gun jammed. Then an off-duty police officer working as a security guard responded.
”It started at the restaurant and then went into the parking lot and then into the movie theater,” Deputy Lou Antu told 1200 WOAI news.
Investigators say some of the terrified restaurant patrons poured into the movie theater, and the gunman followed.
He opened fire, shooting one man in the chest, before Antu says an off duty sheriff’s deputy who was working security at the theater shot him once.
“The officer involved, she took the appropriate action to try to keep everyone safe in the movie theater,” Antu said.
The gunman and the patron are hospitalized.
Antu says the gunman never made it into the theater itself, thanks largely to the heroic work of the off duty deputy.
“She did what she felt she had to do,” Antu said. “I feel that she saved a lot of lives by taking the action she had to take.”