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Hero With Concealed Carry Firearm Prevents Mass Shooting in SC

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Thompson+was+still+on+the+scene+when+dupties+arrived%2C+but+the+initial+scene+was+chaotic%2C%22+Bobo+reported.Early on Sunday morning, a drunken man -- who seemingly had no legal authorization to carry a gun -- pulled out a firearm at a nightclub in South Carolina. He fired into a crowd, and hit three people and nearly struck a fourth when the would-be victim pulled out his own legally owned weapon and shot him in the leg.

This nameless hero has a concealed carry license, and his act prevented a mass shooting this past weekend. Local police in Lyman, SC, reported that 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The shooting took place in the Playoffz nightclub.

"His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg," said Lt. Kevin Bobo. The lieutenant added that the unnamed hero has a valid concealed weapons permit, cooperated with investigators, and will not be facing any charges for shooting Thompson.

In 2014, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a law legalizing concealed carry weapons in bars and restaurants. In 2016, that law saved lives.

The FBI defines a mass murder as the unlawful killing of four or more people using a firearm. This means a mass shooting is loosely defined as the shooting of four or more people. Thompson has been charged with four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

That's right -- the shooter was illegally carrying and the man who stopped him was not only a legal gun owner, but the proud owner of a concealed carry license. It is unclear why Thompson was charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon. The 2014 law prohibited anyone carrying a concealed weapon in a bar or restaurant from drinking alcohol.