Jody Ray Thompson, 32, of 15 Lake Vista Drive, has been charged with four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Shots rang out at the Playoffz nightclub at 105 B Little Mountain Road before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies believe Thompson got into an argument with another man and began firing into a crowd of people outside the club, Lt. Kevin Bobo, a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said in an email.
Three people were shot. Another man who was shot at returned fire with his own handgun and struck Thompson in the leg, he said.
He acted in self-defense and has a concealed weapons permit, so he’s not being charged, Bobo said.
Had none of the patrons been armed, the carnage could have been much worse. This event underscores what we’ve been arguing on these boards for some time. The counter to mass shootings is strong enforcement of existing laws, a strong security apparatus, and armed citizens. Instead of headlines about another mass shooting, we have essentially nothing from the MSM because a good guy with a gun was there to save the day. That would, of course, spoil the narrative that guns are the problem.
Keep America safe and armed.