A Conyers, Georgia open carrier returned fire at a man who had already killed two people. The attack appears to be a planned mass shooting. The attacker was armed with a semiautomatic pistol, which he is seen firing in the video above. When the open carrier, Todd Scott, returned fire, the active shooter stopped the attack, and fled the store . . .
As wsmv.com reports:
A customer of a Rockdale County liquor store said he opened fire on a gunman who shot and killed a store owner and another customer. …
Police said Pitts left the liquor store, but later returned and opened fire on the owner and customers.
“I assume that this man was not going to stop, so I came up,” said Scott.
Scott was carrying a weapon and fired a shot at Pitts. He said he is not sure whether Pitts was struck.
Scott appears to be carrying a Smith & Wesson 4013TSW, in a Serpa retention holster. The pistol is clearly marked .40 S&W.
Scott wasn’t sure if he hit the shooter, because when he returned fire, the attack stopped and the attacker fled the store.
The attacker traveled a little over four miles back to his parents house, where he shot and wounded both of them. It has been reported that the shooter pointed the rifle, below, at the police officers who responded. They then shot and killed him.
Many Internet commandos, arguing against open carry, have indicated that a determined attacker would always shoot the open carrier first. It didn’t happen in this case. The people in the store are fortunate that Todd Scott was on the scene and was able to stop the attack before more people were killed.
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Update: Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said at a press conference Monday that Todd C. Scott, 44, a resident of Covington, very likely prevented other customers in the store from losing their lives.