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Two concealed handgun permit holders, both volunteer firemen, stop mass public shooting

9 May , 2015  

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New Holland, South Carolina, May 5th, 2015, Fox Carolina:

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Firefighters said they may have stopped a massacre after a gunman surprised them at their station Tuesday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the New Holland Fire Department’s Station 2 around 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

Firefighters said Chad Barker pulled up to the crowded fire station parking lot full of children and firefighters, got out of his car, and began firing in the air and at his vehicle. They say he also pointed the firearm at individual firefighters for lengthy periods of time.

“I came out of the office, saw the man with the gun, told everybody to leave out the back quickly that there was a man in the parking lot with a gun, and I was not kidding,” said Gary Knoll, a firefighter for New Holland.

Knoll said he and another firefighter who have concealed weapons permits pulled their guns on the gunman.

Knoll said Barker returned to his vehicle and firefighters carefully followed him with their weapons still drawn. After encouraging Barker to put the gun down, Knoll said Barker ultimately complied and Knoll grabbed the gun. . . .

Examples of other mass public shootings that were stopped by permit holders are available here.

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7 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    The Firemen should have finished him off. Tired of all these unnecessary killings of innocent people. We, the people should be able to defend ourselves. Stop allowing only for criminals to commit all these crimes.

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  5. Cindy says:

    And the Uber driver with a permit in Chicago (of all places). Thanks for doing the blog. It is amazing how quick the media bury stories of CHL holders protecting themselves and others but through the miracle of the internet they can’t keep the truth totally under wraps.

  6. mr burns says:

    Helen, having a gun doesn’t give you the right to finish anyone of. You are entitled to use deadly force ONLY if you reasonable believe you or another is in risk of serious injury or death. Once barker ceased to point his weapon at anyone and withdrew anyone shooting him would be guilty of homicide. Congrats to the firefighters who controlled the situation with no injuries to anyone.

  7. mikee says:

    Looks more like an attempt at suicide by cop, than an attempted mass shooting – although without the concealed carriers threatened use of force, who knows?

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