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Gun owner stops stabbings.

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

Updated: 4/27/2012 12:26 pm | Published: 4/26/2012 8:20 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people."

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms."

Then, before the suspect could find another victim - a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. "A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith's grabbed him."

By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. Lt. Brian Purvis said, "This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time."

Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. "Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me."

Police say right now they have no idea what caused the suspect to go on the dangerous rampage. (We will update as soon as we learn new information.)

So far, police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun.

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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Another story that beat the odds. Great. Let's all be glad the asshole stopped and the guy wasn't forced to shoot him, possibly shooting innocent bystanders as well since that is what happens in the majority of instances. Not many people are expert marksmen who can hit a moving target. 

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

At least no one was killed.. Anything can become a weapon to a crazy person

stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Good.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

 Holy Crow! Glad at least one person was carrying a weapon. In that situation, it would have been hard to get close enough to him without one.

 Also, the gunman should be commended. He didn't just start shooting him like he could have. He told him to drop his weapon thus ending the stabbing spree.  

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

 Good deal.

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM
This happened nearly a year ago. Just so we're all on the same page is it now time to start posting all stories on either side of the gun debate no matter how old?
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