A man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant Thursday night and opened fire.
Two customers were wounded before the suspect was shot dead by two armed citizens in the parking lot.
Police are still investigating the incident, but so far they are not sure what prompted the shooting, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Louie’s On The Lake, on Lake Hefner.
The shooter, 28-year old Alexander Tilghman, was shot outside the restaurant by two civilians, identified as 35-year-old Juan Carlos Nazario and 39-year-old Bryan Whittle, reports KFOR.com.
Capt. Bo Matthews, an Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman, said this morning that about 100 witnesses are being questioned.
The shooting victims are recovering from their injuries, reports KOCO News 5:
Syniah Giles, 12, was shot in the tailbone and the bullet went to her stomach. She underwent surgery Thursday night at OU Medical Center and is being taken to Children’s Hospital. She is said to be in fair condition Friday morning.
Syniah will remain in the hospital for five to seven days and officials said her recovery will take months.
Her mother, 39-year-old Natalie Giles, was grazed by a bullet and has been released from the hospital.
Two other people were injured during the incident. A man suffered a broken arm while trying to escape the shooting and police say a fourth victim suffered a minor injury, but it wasn’t clear how the injury occurred.
Syniah is a student at Mustang Middle School, her father Jabari Giles told KOCO 5. Officials with the school district posted on its official Facebook page Friday morning, “Keep our precious families in your thoughts today as one of our own is recovering from serious injuries after the incident at Louie’s last night and her friend is recovering as well.”
The father told KOCO 5 that he wanted to say “thank you” to the armed citizen who shot the shooter.
“Thank you,” said Giles. “I think he saved some lives tonight. I think it could have been a lot worse.”
Reactions to the shooting are flooding social media, and naturally, gun control advocates are ignoring the fact that two armed heroes stopped the shooter from harming more people.
But thankfully, there are voices of reason out there.
Kaitlin Bennett, the Kent State University graduate who recently posed in front of the college with an AR-10 while holding her graduation cap adorned with “come and take it,” posted the following Tweet last night:
If you didn't hear, a shooting in an Oklahoma restaurant was just stopped by an armed citizen. Three were injured, but the only one that died was the suspect. You probably won't hear @davidhogg111 and the gun control lobby tell you about this since it doesn't fit their narrative.
— Kaitlin Bennett (@KaitMarieox) May 25, 2018
Others chimed in…
So, some dude started shooting random people at a restaurant right here in my city today….
a “legally armed citizen” shot and killed his a$$ before he could continue. Because in Oklahoma, we don’t play that anti-gun bullSHT.
Protest this one @davidhogg111
— Michael Booth (@MBooth1776) May 25, 2018
Won't hear about Lake Hefner Oklahoma restaurant shooting anywhere on the news since the shooter was taken out by a good samaritan with a gun. Prepare for the silence
— Nate Woodard (@storm_chaser82) May 25, 2018
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) May 25, 2018
There was a shooting at a restaurant in OKC that I go to all the time.
Wanna know how it was handled?
AN ARMED CITIZEN SHOT BACK ??
One of the many reasons why I love Oklahoma.
— Kylee Goodwin (@kygoodie) May 25, 2018
Where’s the mass media coverage of this shooting that just happened in Oklahoma? A man with a gun killed the guy who could’ve killed so many more. Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns @NEWS9 @kfor I bet we learn everything about the shooter.
— Dalton Packan (@Typackanbeast) May 25, 2018
You can't legislate evil out of the mind of a killer. But you can allow good guys with a gun to take care of business before the cops show up 6 minutes later. #lakehefner #louies #okc #shooting #oklahoma #ccw
— Aaron Tuttle (@AaronTuttleOK) May 25, 2018
Mass shooting in Oklahoma City this evening that you're not hearing about because an armed citizen neutralized the threat.
— OKMormon (@OKMormon) May 25, 2018
Father whose daughter was wounded in Oklahoma City shooting says armed civilian who fatally shot suspect 'saved some lives tonight.’ "I think it could have been a lot worse." ABC pic.twitter.com/vfHRy4ta5H
— Trad American Angel™ (@RightWingAngel) May 25, 2018
Cheers 4 the pistol packin Good Samaritan at Lake Hefner in OKC who saved lives by killing an active shooter. Let this be a lesson 2 anyone thinking bout shooting in crowds in Oklahoma. Most Okies r also packin heat & your ass may get shot dead!
— Alex P. Keaton (@bmelrose_1970) May 25, 2018
— I Carry (@icarry365) May 25, 2018
For those who doubt that armed citizens can and do stop crime – often – please check out the website Crime Prevention Research Center.
Twitter user The Pholosopher posts links to defensive gun use stories every day on her account using the hashtags #dgu and #gunssavelives. As of today, she’s up to #77, and as of the time of this writing, she has yet to post about the Oklahoma shooting…which will likely appear as #78.
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