4 Armed Robbers Target Gun-Free Zone; 2 Killed and 2 Flee After Pistol-Packing Patron Fires Back.
In Texas, it’s against the law to carry your firearms inside a bar. Any violation of that law is a felony. This Houston, Texas bar had a gun-free zone sign posted at the entrance. Nevertheless, four armed robbers saw that gun-free zone sign as a welcome sign. However, they didn’t expect any of their potential victims to be breaking that law as well. They very much depended on everyone inside being totally compliant with the no-guns rule.
When they barged inside just after closing around 2:30 in the morning, they ordered everyone to the floor. One of customers wasn’t going to be ordered around by them, so he pulled out his gun and started shooting at them. They exchanged gunfire and two of the suspects were killed. The other two fled.
Then, the guy who protected everyone inside left. He was after all committing a felony by having a gun, even though he was licensed to carry. The police still don’t know who he was, and no one who was inside seems willing to give him up. He was apparently a regular at the bar, and he would even walk the women to their cars after the place closed just to make sure they were safe. KHOU reported:
Just after closing around 2:30 Saturday morning, four armed men barged in at EJ’s Place demanding money.
Instead, a customer inside the bar, which is located on the 16500 block of Kuykendahl Road, pulled out his gun and started exchanging fire with the robbers. He shot and killed two of them while the other two ran. Once the heated exchange ended, the patron left, too.
“We’re still trying to determine who he is, and why he left the scene,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Spurgeon.
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies are looking into whether the same robbers held up a gas station on Cypresswood earlier in the night.
Most folks driving by EJ’s Place Saturday afternoon thought the patron there was in the right.
“He has his right to protect himself and his family and his friends,” said Charles Webb. “It’s just unfortunate something like that happened.”
Another neighbor, Danielle Russell, added, “Being a mom, yeah, I would feel safe knowing that he has a gun and he’s going to protect me in a robbery.”
But a sign in the bar window clearly states it’s a felony to carry a gun inside. Under Texas law, even licensed carriers can’t have guns in bars. That could explain why the patron left.
“Everybody in there is just a happy and nice atmosphere and everybody’s real pleasant,” said Webb. “I can’t imagine that happening there.”
Another longtime customer said that the patron who killed the robbers always stays until closing to walk the female bartenders to their cars. The friend said the man would never start anything, but would always protect his friends.
“It’s sad. It’s unfortunate that we live in that type of world,” said Webb.
Investigators say the robbers didn’t actually steal anything before the shooting happened.
They are still searching for the two robbers who got away, and looking for connections to any other crimes. They’re asking anyone with information to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.
Even though this guy was technically not a “law-abiding citizen,” since he violated Texas law, which prohibits firearms in bars, he showed why such a law is stupid and dangerous.
They say guns and alcohol don’t mix. That’s probably good advice, but forcing people to relinquish their 2nd Amendment rights at the door of a business just because they serve alcohol just turns the place into another Aurora theater or Sandy Hook.