Armed Bystander stops a stabbing.
Police say a bystander who happened to be a concealed handgun license
holder pulled his weapon and ordered Barron to drop the knife. Barron
surrendered and was taken into custody by the bystander and a school
From a blog.. Don't know how factual it is though as it is a personal account.
It happened in a town where I used to live. Back in 1997, a kid took a
gun to the high school in Pearl, Mississippi, and started firing. He
killed two students and wounded seven, then fled the building. Hearing
the shots, assistant principal Joel Myrick ushered a few kids into the
safety of his office, then ran to get his .45 automatic from his car
in the parking lot (state law allowed him to have it there). By the
time Mr. Myrick got back, the shooter was in his own car, trying to
"I just pointed at him and I said--I said, freeze," Mr. Myrick told
Nightly News the next day. He continued, "I said, don't move. And I
could see his--the whites of his knuckles on the steering wheel. And I
came up and I grabbed the door, and I opened the door. I said, don't
you do anything, you know. I said, I'm going to shoot you. And he got
out, he laid on the ground, and then put my foot on the back of the
Man with Conceal and carry permit stops shooting.
Deputies say about 2:25 a.m., 30-year-old Ernesto Villa Gomez walked
into the bar and starting shooting. 20-year-old Jose Torres and his
19-year-old brother Margarito Torres were killed. When Villa Gomez was
reloading his semi-automatic gun, a man from Reno took out a gun and
shot Villa Gomez. That man has a concealed weapons permit.
App State law school Shooting. I'll sum this one up. It did involve an two students who were off duty officers, a county sheriff and a police officer. They confronted the man who had shot several people and he dropped his gun at that point and was subdued by several other students.
This posting lists 2 of the events I have listed as well as two more. One did involve a former police officer.
Most of these the shooter was stopped after someone was killed, but in this example, the shooters were stopped before anyone was killed.
In December 1991, two armed men burst into a Shoney's restaurant in
Anniston, Ala., and held the patrons and employees at gunpoint,
herding them into a walk-in refrigerator. The robbers kept the manager
behind for his assistance as they looted the restaurant. One patron,
however, also remained behind. Thomas Glenn Terry had opted against
being locked in a refrigerator, hiding from the attackers under a
As one of the armed robbers ransacked the cash register, another
patrolled the restaurant. When he came across Mr. Terry, he pulled his
gun. But unlike the recent victims in Atlanta, this victim was armed.
Using his own legally concealed handgun, Terry shot and killed the
robber. The other armed robber, busily holding the manager at
gunpoint, then opened fire on Terry. Terry shot back, mortally
wounding the second robber. The two dozen hostages were released
unharmed. Only the criminals -- who had been armed with stolen guns,
by the way -- didn't make it out alive.
So in summation, Yes it does happen. When a shooting is stopped I am willing to say that it would get much less coverage. How often do you hear about good Samaritans vs criminals? Bad news brings more attention than good news. Bad news can cause sensationalism more so than good news, which will lead to increased viewer or reader numbers.