An armed, and prepared citizen, with a concealed carry permit, likely saved some lives recently in South Carolina. Duane Lester has the story
Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Waffle House at 2230 Chesnee Highway just before 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Two masked men had entered the restaurant with the intention of robbing it, and at least one of them was armed, authorities said.
A customer, who is a concealed weapons permit holder, thwarted the robbery by pulling his gun and attempting to hold the men until deputies arrived. When one of the men pointed his gun at the customer, the patron fired, killing the teenager.
The teenager, later identified as Dante Lamont Williams, of 827 S. Edisto River Drive, Roebuck, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a written statement from Coroner Rusty Clevenger. Williams had been shot in the head and chest.
Sheriff Chuck Wright said he does not plan to charge the customer, who he says is “very upset” about the shooting.
As most anyone would be. I’m sure the customer didn’t go to the Waffle House to kill a kid. But when given the choice of allowing others to be hurt or preventing it, he stepped up.
And to shut up any liberals who want to talk about a Wild West shootout scenario, read this:
During a news conference Saturday night, Wright said even after the masked men entered the restaurant, the concealed weapons holder waited until the robbers began ordering customers to the floor and employees into the back – while waving a gun – to act. After pulling his .45-caliber Glock, the customer ordered the men to stay put until deputies arrived. Only after Williams pointed his Hi-Point 9mm at the man, did the customer fire, Wright said.
“The way you get shot by a concealed weapons permit holder is you point a gun at him,” the sheriff said.
I have been in that situation, in an alley behind a restaurant I ran in 1998. I am still glad that I did not have to fire my gun, but even more happy that I was able to defend myself and protect my life.