Nightclubs seem to be frequent locations for mass tragedies. The most infamous was probably the unfortunately named “Happyland Social Club” in New York City where 87 people were murdered by an arsonist in 1990. Now, an armed citizen seems to have stopped an attempted mass killing in El Paso on Sunday. A 23-year-old Hispanic man had been thrown out of the aptly named “Club Khaos” at about 1 a.m. He later returned to the club and started shooting, hitting five people, )one of them is in critical condition) . . .
A 21-year-old man was hit in the torso/chest area and received serious injuries but is in stable condition, (El Paso Detective Javier) Sambrano said.
The shooter also hit a 24-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman, a 21-year-old woman and 19-year-old woman. All received what are described as “non-life-threatening injuries” and are considered stable, Sambrano said.
The suspect was shot in the leg by an unknown individual and investigators believe this person was acting in self-defense, Sambrano said.
The unidentified armed man who stopped the attack hasn’t been located and police would like to talk to him.
Police are asking this individual to come forward and answer questions about what happened.
An AP story identifies the attacker as Martin Guerrero. The AP neglects to mention that Guerrero was shot by an armed defender in the club. That was probably just an unfortunate oversight.
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