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Gunman Bursts Into Dollar Store and Threatens to Kill Everyone...
The Blaze ^ | 1/17/14 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 01/17/2014 8:43:19 PM PST by Impala64ssa

... – Before Police Could Even Respond, He Was Dead

An armed man entered a Orrville, Ala., Dollar General on Thursday, waved his gun in the air and threatened to kill everyone, AL.com reports. Though motive is unclear, he never got the chance to hurt anyone because a customer carrying a concealed handgun neutralized him with a deadly shot.

Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman Jr. told WSFA-TV that the gunman held a cashier and customer at gunpoint, forcing them toward a break room area. It was at this point that the customer reportedly drew his firearm and shot the suspect one time in the chest. The entire incident took less than five minutes, police say.

The gunman was pronounced dead on the scene.

The sheriff said the customer is not currently facing any charges over the shooting death, however, investigators are working to confirm he had a valid concealed carry permit. Open carry is legal in Alabama, but a permit is required to carry a concealed handgun.

There was also a sign posted outside the Dollar General prohibiting open carry, but not concealed carry, the report states.

“The deceased individual had his in his hand, waving it. The customer actually had one in a holster covered up. We’re in the process of checking on permits and all of that,” Huffman Jr. said.

“You have one individual waving a gun and you have another one who shoots the one waving the gun. Some people say that’s justifiable. Then you’re going to have some who says it’s not. I think we need to get all of the information we can get from everybody and then go forward from there,” the sheriff added.

No one, other than the gunman, was injured in the incident. The individuals involved were not immediately identified.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: banglist
A win for the good guys.
1 posted on 01/17/2014 8:43:20 PM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

...so far.


2 posted on 01/17/2014 8:47:27 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Impala64ssa
“You have one individual waving a gun and you have another one who shoots the one waving the gun. Some people say that’s justifiable. Then you’re going to have some who says it’s not...."

Who in their right mind would say it is not? Certainly not a cop in the line of fire.

3 posted on 01/17/2014 8:48:46 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: Impala64ssa

It was at this point that the customer reportedly drew his firearm and shot the suspect one time in the chest.
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That’s a shame./s


4 posted on 01/17/2014 8:49:15 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: Impala64ssa

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”


5 posted on 01/17/2014 8:49:17 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: Impala64ssa

What’s that the hoplophobes like to say? “If it saves even one life...”


6 posted on 01/17/2014 8:49:20 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Inyo-Mono

Who in their right mind would say it is not?
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Not anyone in that store.


7 posted on 01/17/2014 8:50:44 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: rdl6989

Amen.


8 posted on 01/17/2014 8:59:05 PM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Who in their right mind would say it is not?

Greedy plaintiff lawyers.

9 posted on 01/17/2014 9:01:30 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Impala64ssa

He was an idiot to pull that stunt in Alabama. Had he cruised up I-65 to Morton Grove, Ill. and done it, the story might have had a different ending.


10 posted on 01/17/2014 9:07:59 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Impala64ssa
There was also a sign posted outside the Dollar General prohibiting open carry, but not concealed carry, the report states.

The bad guy, aka "the deceased individual," was open carrying in an establishment where it was prohibited. As far as the good guy goes, "however, investigators are working to confirm he had a valid concealed carry permit."

That's upside down, now, isn't it.

If I owned that store, the morning after this happened, the sign would come down. On the other hand, if I owned that store, the sign would never have gone up in the first place.

11 posted on 01/17/2014 9:10:35 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Some of my ancestors are from Dallas Co., AL. Scotch Irish stock.


12 posted on 01/17/2014 9:11:18 PM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
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To: Impala64ssa

Oh, yes, I meant to add if the bad guy, aka “the deceased individual,” had waved his piece in the presence of a policeman, he would have been shot dead just to protect the policeman, no questions asked.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 9:12:38 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Well, that escalated quickly.


14 posted on 01/17/2014 9:19:25 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: o-n-money

I always love it when a story has a happy ending.


15 posted on 01/17/2014 9:19:40 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Impala64ssa

It was out in the open when he shot him.


16 posted on 01/17/2014 9:22:22 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Leftists would rather have any number of dead victims, instead of a living, law-abiding citizen who uses a personal firearm to stop a criminal.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 9:25:23 PM PST by twister881
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

It is not over until all good deed doing is punished.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 9:35:28 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Impala64ssa
I'll be waiting for Harvey Weinstein to weigh in on this incident.

Leni

19 posted on 01/17/2014 9:37:24 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Impala64ssa

Cleanup on aisle 5...cleanup on aisle 5.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 9:44:29 PM PST by Eccl 10:2 (Prov 3:5 --- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding")
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To: Impala64ssa

I'd buy that for a dollar!

21 posted on 01/17/2014 9:59:12 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: Inyo-Mono

“Who in their right mind would say it is not?”

His mama. Because he really was a good boy who was turning his life around.


22 posted on 01/17/2014 10:03:27 PM PST by EDINVA ( m)
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To: Impala64ssa

Checking permits?

Are u serious...

He saved everyone’s life but he must have his papers
And in very rural and very dark part of bama

I know nearby Camden well


23 posted on 01/17/2014 10:16:25 PM PST by wardaddy (wifey instructed me today to grow chapter president beard back again....i wonder why?)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’d Buck it up and take this creep down...

Good win for our team...


24 posted on 01/17/2014 10:24:00 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: o-n-money

Exactly


25 posted on 01/17/2014 10:29:55 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: BenLurkin

Who in their right mind would say it is not?


His live in girl friends lawyers......


26 posted on 01/17/2014 10:32:07 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Then you’re going to have some who says it’s not.”

Yeah, they are called democrats. Or morons. But I repeat myself...


27 posted on 01/17/2014 10:38:06 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: twister881
Bears repeating with emphasis:

Leftists would rather have any number of dead victims, instead of a living, law-abiding citizen who uses a personal firearm to stop a criminal.

28 posted on 01/17/2014 10:39:14 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Maybe this was the problem

29 posted on 01/17/2014 10:56:28 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Impala64ssa

Another situation where an armed citizen made things much worse.

For the perp.


30 posted on 01/17/2014 11:11:44 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: RobinOfKingston
Oh, yes, I meant to add if the bad guy, aka “the deceased individual,” had waved his piece in the presence of a policeman, he would have been shot dead just to protect the policeman, no questions asked.

Only the cop would've walked outside and shot a dog too, just for good measure.

31 posted on 01/17/2014 11:13:46 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: RobinOfKingston

When the police arrived, they should have been running LEIN info. It will identify anyone who has a concealed weapon permit.


32 posted on 01/17/2014 11:15:27 PM PST by healy61
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To: Impala64ssa
Excellent gun control!
33 posted on 01/17/2014 11:33:59 PM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Impala64ssa

bfl


34 posted on 01/18/2014 12:15:54 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Impala64ssa

Great shot! I hope he has his documents in order?


35 posted on 01/18/2014 12:22:09 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Wiggins

That photo is worth a smile and a laugh. The picture has a very Benny Hill-ish 1960’s Go-Go look to it. That looks like a young Susan Lucci, of course she always looks young.


36 posted on 01/18/2014 12:40:38 AM PST by lee martell
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To: Impala64ssa

Bravo!


37 posted on 01/18/2014 1:41:00 AM PST by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: EDINVA

He just came in to the store to buy some skittles and ice tea, yo.


38 posted on 01/18/2014 1:52:39 AM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: Impala64ssa

bttt


39 posted on 01/18/2014 2:09:14 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: EDINVA
His mama. Because he really was a good boy who was turning his life around.<>P>Don't forget he sang in the church choir and babysat his younger brother and sister.
40 posted on 01/18/2014 3:01:36 AM PST by verga (Poor spiritual health often leads to poor physical and mental health)
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To: verga
Don't forget he sang in the church choir and babysat his younger brother and sister.

I gotta ask, I gotta ask. Was he an aspiring rapper too? The article does not describe the stiff, so I just wonder......

41 posted on 01/18/2014 3:27:54 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: wardaddy

I deer hunt at a 6000 acre private hunting club just south of Camden. I would not attempt an armed robbery in rural Alabama.


42 posted on 01/18/2014 3:32:28 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Impala64ssa
Customer who killed gunman in Dallas Co. store called "Good Samaritan"

DALLAS COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

New details are emerging in the investigation into a shooting at a Dallas County dollar store that ended with a gunman dead at the hands of a customer who decided to take action.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson has identified the gunman as Kevin McLaughlin from Orrville and the customer as Marlo Ellis, 37, also from Orrville.

The fatal shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General on Highway 22 in Orrville.

Officials say McLaughlin walked into the store waving a gun in the air and forced a cashier and Ellis at gunpoint towards a break room. At that point, Ellis pulled out a concealed weapon and shot McLaughlin once in the chest.

"He escorted a customer who was trying to leave the store and a cashier toward a break room. The cashier went in first and the customer went in behind her, and the individual had the gun on the customer and the customer had a pistol concealed in a holster," Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said. "And when the customer got to the door, he turned around and shot the individual."

McLaughlin was pronounced dead at the scene. The tense ordeal played out in less than five minutes, police said.

Other customers and delivery men were inside the store at the time of the incident. Several customers making their way into the store saw McLaughlin waving a gun and ran away.

The Dollar General store was closed Thursday afternoon following the shooting. A sign on the front door indicated it would reopen Friday.

There was another sign on the doors of the business stating that open carry of a weapon was not allowed inside the store. According to the sheriff, the Ellis' gun was concealed and inside a holster. His investigators are confirming whether Ellis has a valid concealed carry permit.

"The deceased individual had his in his hand, waving it. The customer actually had one in a holster covered up. We're in the process of checking on permits and all of that. To have a gun concealed, you need a permit. To carry it open carry, you don't. But you have a sign in a place of business, that's letting you know that the people inside that place of business do not want guns in there," the sheriff said.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are interviewing everyone who was present at the time of the shooting and reviewing surveillance footage of the incident. The security video has not yet been released but the sheriff said it would be "forthcoming."

No other customers or employees were injured.

Sheriff Huffman says his department's findings would be turned over to a grand jury for review. He says the incident is currently being called a death investigation.

"You have one individual waving a gun and you have another one who shoots the one waving the gun. Some people say that's justifiable. Then you're going to have some who says it's not. I think we need to get all of the information we can get from everybody and then go forward from there," the sheriff said in an interview.

McLaughlin's motive remains unclear. Sheriff Huffman does not think it was a robbery. He says words were exchanged between McLaughlin and the people inside the store but there was never any mention of a robbery or hold up or money.

An autopsy will be conducted on McLaughlin by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Local residents reacted Thursday as news of the incident spread.

"It's a shame because we never had anything like this done in this area before. Now we fear the streets when we walk into stores and stuff. It's very shocking. I hate what happened," said Nicole Miller.

On Friday, District Attorney Michael Jackson said he doesn't expect Marlo Ellis to face any charges in the incident at the Dollar General.

"In Alabama you have the right to defend yourself or a third party so when the perpetrator went in there with a gun anybody in the store had the right to deadly force and that's what happened so he actually was a Good Samaritan in this situation because other people could have been injured if he hadn't taken action," Jackson told WSFA.

As for McLaughlin's intentions, he said there were "rumors and speculations" circulating that would be sorted out in the course of the investigation.

"I don't know why he went in there waving a gun at the people. Whatever reason he went in there for, it was very serious. Anytime someone goes into store and points guns at people, then anybody in the store has the right to use deadly force against that person," he added.

Jackson confirmed that Marlo Ellis, the customer who used deadly force, is facing charges of rape in the second degree and enticing a child for immoral purposes, stemming from a 2013 investigation involving a girl under the age of 16. Court documents state that Ellis picked the victim up at a school basketball game and drove her to his house where they had sex. The district attorney said Ellis' sex case is on the trial docket for February. He has been out of jail on bond.

Jackson tells WSFA that Ellis was within his rights to have a concealed carry permit because he has not been convicted of any crimes.

43 posted on 01/18/2014 3:51:36 AM PST by csvset
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To: Impala64ssa

Low income people in a “dollar store”, yeah he’s bright this is where the money is


44 posted on 01/18/2014 4:25:52 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: csvset
A link to a story regarding the arrest of Mr. Ellis.

Orrville man charged with rape of juvenile

45 posted on 01/18/2014 4:28:33 AM PST by csvset
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To: Inyo-Mono
They can't help but put in the lib slant. Funny how this "waved his gun in the air and threatened to kill everyone" becomes just waving the gun in the air....
46 posted on 01/18/2014 4:53:58 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Impala64ssa

They could have called the police, and they’d have been there with their crime scene tape and yellow chalk to outline the bodes.

Sheesh....officers on the scene in these happy endings should refrain from making dumb statements such as this.


47 posted on 01/18/2014 5:01:57 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Impala64ssa

Yeah, if I was gonna commit armed robbery, I’d go to the Dollar store where the really BIG MONEY is.


48 posted on 01/18/2014 6:16:23 AM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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