There aren't a lot of people in the world, especially in the United States, who have the guts to confront a crazed gunman.
But for one military veteran, it was all in part of being a soldier and a citizen at the same time.
John Allen had the courage to take on a man carrying an AK-47 into a Walmart in Texas
The suspect entered the Texas Walmart Monday with clear ill intent and heavily armed. Allen said he was also headed inside the retailer when he spotted the gunman. The suspect, now identified as 27-year-old Marc Antonio Sigala, was reportedly dressed head to toe in all black.
"I was pulling up and I seen a gentleman, young man approximately 25 mid to late 20s, carrying an AK-47 into the store," Allen told KVEO-TV.
That was when Allen attempted to defuse the situation and approached Sigala, telling him to stop whatever he was doing:
"[Sigala] was very upset that I stopped him, and he was wanting to know who I was, those kinds of things," Allen recalled. "I said I was just a soldier, and I'm a concerned citizen, and you're not shooting anybody in this store today."
Allen gave other witnesses enough time to call 911 and alert police to the gunman. Welasco Police Chief Joel Rivera said the had 17 officer and at least four constables on scene immediately.
In a news conference, Rivera said, "The suspect entered Walmart though the north side entrance, [and] had a confrontation with a customer. Ended up pointing a gun at the customer. That's still being corroborated through video and eyewitnesses. He made his way straight east to the back of the store."
The news station also reported that the suspect was armed with more than one weapon and noted that at some point Sigala also had a handgun:
"He threw the gun on the ground," Rivera said. "He refused to show his hands. At some point he produced a handgun."
That's when Sagala made the record worst mistake of his life and began firing at responding officers. The police officers, of course, returned fire and it was reported that Sigala sustained several gunshot wounds. He would die on the scene before he could be transported to the hospital.
You know, I didn't hear about this anywhere on the mainstream media. I guess it's only when people are killed other than bad guys with guns that the media actually cares.
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