Concealed Carry Permit Holder may have stopped North Las Vegas shooting that left three people dead

8 Jun , 2014  

web1_joseph-wilcox2_1Picture of Joseph Wilcox and his family.
UPDATE: The Las Vegas Review Journal has this:

After the shooting, the couple headed toward a nearby Wal-Mart, where Jerad Miller was confronted by Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas. Wilcox was legally carrying a concealed pistol. Wilcox was unaware that Amanda Miller, who was pushing a shopping cart, was involved in the incident and “lying in wait,” the official said.

She slipped behind Wilcox and shot him at close range.

“He had no idea the wife was walking behind him,” the police official said of the murdered man. “This guy (Wilcox) was not some idiot with a gun. To me, he was a hero. He was trying to stop an active shooter.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if Wilcox fired a shot, or if he hit Jerad Miller before he died. . . .

Even though Wilcox failed to shot these killers, he appears to have delayed them and given others a chance to escape.

John Lott was quoted by Dan Freedman in the San Francisco Chronicle and other Hearst newspapers:

The chief theoretician of concealed carry, John Lott, said in an interview that conscientious gun owners can make a difference in mass-shooter situations.

“In that situation, 20 or 30 seconds can be a long time in terms of helping someone get away from the scene,” Lott said. “Obviously it was a tragedy that his life was lost, but it seems like he helped to some extent.’’

Lott’s 1998 book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” served as the underpinning for expansion of concealed-carry laws in many states.

“It does make me wonder, with all those people in the theater, was there nobody that was carrying a gun that could have stopped this guy more quickly?” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, in 2012 after the movie theater mass-shooting in Aurora, Colo., which left 12 dead. . . .

ORIGINAL POST: It appears as if two people killed two police officers and then a concealed carry permit holder who tried to stop the two killers as they went to a nearby Walmart.  Immediately after the exchange of fire with the permit holder the killers committed suicide.  Waiting for more information.

From the UK Daily Mail:

The two suspects shot then shot dead a civilian who is believed to have been carrying a concealed firearm and had opened fire on them as they ran into the Walmart, Deputy Sheriff Kevin McMahill said during an afternoon press conference. . . .

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