A concealed carry holder is being heralded as a hero by Arlington police for preventing mass murder by killing an “incoherent” gunman at a sports bar Wednesday evening.
Before he was shot about 6:15 p.m., the gunman killed the manager of Zona Caliente in the 6500 block of South Cooper Street, police spokesman Christopher Cook said.
Police later identified the gunman as 48-year-old James Jones of Grand Prairie and the victim as 37-year-old Cesar Perez of Duncanville. The man who killed Jones has not been identified.
Authorities later found two loaded guns and two knives on Jones, Cook said Thursday.
“We do believe he had the capacity to do much greater harm,” Cook said.
When Jones entered the business, some witnesses told police, he started yelling incoherently while standing at the bar.
“People didn’t know who he was yelling at,” Cook said.
Perez was trying to talk to Jones when he was fatally shot. Police do not believe they knew each other.
That’s when a customer fired his gun at Jones.
And according to the Arlington Voice:
The manager of Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill, 37-year-old Cesar Perez, was shot dead by a man who witnesses said entered the business acting “incoherent” and “strange.”
“When the suspect came in, he walked up to the bar and started yelling,” said police spokesperson Lt. Christopher Cook. “Customers said he was yelling incoherent and strange things.”
The suspect shooter has been identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as James Jones, 48, of Grand Prairie.
“Without warning,” Jones drew a handgun and fatally shot Perez. Cook said there is no evidence that the shooter knew the manager.
A man who police are describing as a “Good Samaritan” happened to be at the bar carrying a concealed weapon when the shooting unfolded. He instructed his wife to take cover before opening fire on Jones.
“After he was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Cook said. “We know people were trying to escape, but we’re not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”
Jones died from the gunshot wound sustained from the bar patron. That man is not expected to face charges, as the bar is a “blue sign” business. State law allows licensed holders to conceal carry into such an establishment.
Cook revealed that a second fully loaded handgun and two knives were also found on Jones’ person.
“Had the Good Samaritan not intervened, there could have further loss of life,” Cook said.
And DallasNews continues:
Cook said the customer, who was dining with his wife, “prevented further loss of life.”
The customer was carrying a handgun under the Texas concealed handgun license program, Cook later confirmed.
“We’re treating the good guy as sort of a hero,” he said.
All good citizens can thank our fellow bearer of a concealed weapon for preventing a potential mass killing. We lament the loss of Cesar Perez, but are grateful that we do not have to mourn the loss of others who were there that day.