Here’s the 411 on the two heroes with guns that stopped a ‘bad guy with a gun’ in Oklahoma.
When a gunman shot two girls and a young mother in a busy restaurant on Thursday night, two civilians stepped in to stop the shooter.
On Thursday, a 28-year old man randomly shot patrons from the doorway of Louie’s Grill and Bar in Oklahoma City. The man was identified as Alex Tilghman, an armed security guard whose brother told reporters that Tilghman had been suffering from untreated mental health problems.
He hit three people in the attack — a female veteran, her 12-year old daughter and a 14-year old girl that was with them.
He shot mother-of-two and Air Force veteran Natalie Will in the arm, her 12-year-old daughter Syniah in the tailbone and another 14-year-old girl who was accompanying the family was shot.
The mother and daughter are in stable condition, but Syniah had part of her colon removed during a lengthy surgery.
Alex Speegle, 14, had her collarbone shattered by a bullet, and another hit her upper arm.
One bullet hit a nerve in her right hand and left her unable to move it.
When they heard gunfire in the restaurant, two men quickly took action.
Two ‘good guys with guns’ confronted the ‘bad guy with a gun’ and stopped the shooting from becoming a massacre.
Juan Carlos Nazario, 35, and Bryan Whittle, 39, were standing outside Louie’s Grill and Bar on Thursday about 6.30pm when the two men heard gunshots.
They did not know each other, but both men had guns in their cars, and immediately sprung into action to take down the shooter.
If you’re a regular reader of ClashDaily, you know that we unapologetically believe that all law-abiding Americans have the right to bear arms.
It’s a right enshrined by the Second Amendment that must be protected.
These two bros exercised that right and confronted a man that was shooting at innocent restaurant patrons.
But, as is often the case, with real heroes, they said that they just did what anyone would do.
Anyone that carries their gun with them and has been properly trained with a firearm, that is.
Nazario works as a security guard, and told KOCO 5 he ‘just did what I was trained to do to neutralize the situation’. His Facebook account suggests he is a devoted father-of-two.
Whittle has been in the National Guard for about 20 years, and served in Afghanistan. When asked why he decided to step in during the shooting, the married man said he ‘just did what anyone would have done to help’.
USA Today reported that it was Nazario’s shot that was fatal, but he says that he doesn’t think of himself as a hero.
He said when he found shooter Alex Tilghman, 28, he told him to drop the gun multiple times before firing two shots at him and watching the man ‘fall to the ground’.
‘I just can’t understand being called a hero when someone’s life was taken,’ he said.
‘I just did what I had to do. I’m very glad no innocent lives were taken but ultimately, there was a life taken.’
The Oklahoma City Police Captain Bo Mathews hasn’t called the pair ‘heroes’ but has said that they were a ‘blessing’.
‘I consider them as two people who stopped an incident that was very bad… we had no idea what he was going to do when he left the restaurant, he said.
‘It could have really been bad… we’re very blessed that only three people were shot and didn’t lose their lives.’
One bystander managed to get out of the restaurant and witnessed the confrontation between the shooter and the two heroes.
Ron Benton said he had been inside the restaurant when Tilghman started shooting. He hit the floor and made his way out of the restaurant.
Soon after, as he was crouched between two cars, he says he saw the two good Samaritans approach Tilghman near the carpark.
‘Anybody who feels compelled when they hear shots fired [to] go into that direction and help out – I mean what do you say about that person? That person is a badass,’ he said.
Source: Daily Mail
That’s absolutely right.
They are badasses.
And even though they dismiss the term, a hero is defined as ‘someone who commits a courageous act’, and both Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario clearly did that.
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