Here’s a valuable personal safety tip: always carry your gun. Even if you’re just running out to Walmart to grab some milk, a loaf of bread, and some bananas. Carry your piece. Bad guys and lunatics don’t make appointments to visit violence upon their fellow citizens.
An incident in Evansville, Indiana late last week drives that point home clearly and should provide reason number eleventy-bazillion why you should never leave your gun at home.
Just before 10 pm, a former Walmart employee who was terminated last year for attacking four of his fellow employees walked into the Evansville store. Knowing the time and location of the evening staff meeting, he showed up and shot one female in the face and then took off after another employee.
Unable to find his primary target, he returned to finish off his first, and so far only victim. However a courageous co-worker helped the injured woman to another location where the staffer turned rescuer administered first aid in the dark as the two hid from the would be killer.
Cops showed up four minutes after the first calls for help and within a couple more minutes, they tracked down the shooter in the hardware section of the store. They shot him repeatedly and then when the 25-year-old suspect tried to raise his gun again, they shot him more, right there in front of the showerheads.
Police in Indiana said Friday that heroic actions by a Walmart employee and law enforcement officers kept a gunman who shot and injured one female employee from doing more harm.
The woman was the only person injured late Thursday when 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II walked into a store break room where employees were meeting, specifically aimed at the victim and shot her in the face with a 9mm handgun.
Sgt. Anna Gray of the Evansville Police Department said officers were in the building within four minutes of the 911 call, and Mosley was shot and killed by officers who tracked him down shortly thereafter. No injuries were reported among the roughly 100 officers from several agencies who responded. There were about 40 employees and 40 shoppers in the store at the time.
After the shooting, a male employee — whom Mosley was also targeting — ran out of the room, and Mosley followed him. Another female employee saw that Mosley had fled the room and called 911. She then ran back into the room to get the victim, take her into another room, locked the door and turned out the lights before Mosley returned looking for the wounded woman.
Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin called the employee a hero and credited her with saving the victim’s life.
“I have no doubt that he was going back to finish what he started and we would probably have a dead victim today instead of one that’s alive,” Bolin said during a press conference Friday.
Fortunately the disgruntled mental case didn’t start shooting indiscriminately, but if the best you’ve got is a handful of milk and bananas when the shooting starts, things aren’t likely to go well for you.
The moral of the story: carry your gun. You never know when some lunatic will fail go off their meds and go berserk, or a violent criminal will decide they want to rob some folks. Or worse.
Just like the American Express ads from forty plus years ago: Don’t leave home without it.