Some recent concealed carry permit holders who have stopped recent violent crime

Jul 14, 2016 | Featured

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Augusta, Maine, June 26, 2016 (WCSH, NBC Channel 6 in Portland)

Augusta Police say two bystanders legally armed with handguns stepped in during a shooting incident at a Walmart in Augusta.

Police say four suspects were taken into custody by police Sunday after allegedly firing gunshots in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Police said the suspects involved were sitting in vehicles parked next to each other when an altercation arose. The occupants of one vehicle fired at the occupants of the other, which resulted in a return in gunfire.

When the shooting stopped, police said one suspect exited their vehicle to confront the occupants of the other vehicle. This is when two bystanders, who were legally carrying, interfered and stopped the incident, police said. . . .

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DeSoto, Texas, July 12, 2016 (Dallas Morning News)

About 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the Waffle House in the 1500 block of North Beckley Avenue, where they found a man shot in the parking lot.

Customers told police that the man had come into the restaurant, armed with an AK-47, and robbed numerous people as well as the business.

One customer, who was legally carrying a concealed handgun, followed the robber into the parking lot because he was afraid for the safety of his wife, who was on her way to the Waffle House.

The customer called out to the robber, who turned and pointed the rifle at him, police said. The customer then shot the robber several times. . . .

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St. Louis, Missouri, July 5, 2016 (KMOV, Channel 4)

The suspect approached a 58-year-old man in the 3500 block of Clay, produced a firearm and demanded his property around 11:20 a.m. After taking the victim’s wallet, the suspect fired a gunshot, striking the man in the stomach.

After firing the shot, the suspect ran through an alley to the 4000 block of Lexington, approached a 43-year-old man and attempted to take his vehicle. The victim and suspect exchanged gunfire before the latter left the scene on foot. The victim was not injured.

The first victim went to the area of Newstead and Market, where the police department was contacted. He was taken to the hospital in critical, stable condition. His wallet was found at the scene, police said. . . .

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Augusta, Georgia, July 5, 2016 (The Augusta Chronicle)

The fireworks had just ended about 10 PM when the shooting started, sending riverwalk visitors scurrying, juts behind the Unisys building at Seventh Street and riverwalk.

[Two men began firing their guns]  One of the alleged gunmen, identified as Clinton Lamont Coleman, 30, . . . was hit in the face and the leg.   . . . [Richmond County Sheriff] Roundtree said, a bystander, Joshua Austin, 26, of Augusta, tackled Coleman, disarmed him and held him until police arrived.

Another man, Brian Sikes, 44, of Grovetown, who had a concealed weapons permit, also pulled a gun and fired several rounds at the second gunman.  Roudtree said the gunman fled and has not been found.

Neither Austin nor Sikes will face any charges. . . .

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