- A man walked into Louie’s Grill & Bar on Thursday night and opened fire on the packed out restaurant
- He shot a mother-of-two and her young daughter, who were there to celebrate other daughter’s 14th birthday
- The birthday girl’s best friend was also shot and is in hospital, but all are reported to be in a stable condition
- When the shooter tried to flee the Oklahoma City restaurant, he was shot dead by an armed bystander
- Police Captain Bo Matthews said the armed bystander was a blessing as the man could have shot others
An armed passerby has shot dead a gunman who opened fire on a packed Oklahoma restaurant in a terrifying shooting which left a woman and two children injured.
The shooter, who was wearing eye glasses and ear protection at the time, was confronted by a person standing outside the restaurant as he tried to flee, and shot dead.
He was the only person killed in the shooting, which left four in hospital, and Police Captain Bo Matthews told reporters the armed civilian was “a blessing.”
The man, who has not been identified, began shooting at random inside Louie’s Grill and Bar about 6.30pm.
He struck mother-of-two Natalie Will and her 12-year-old daughter Niah as they were walking inside for the woman’s eldest daughter Shayla’s 14th birthday celebrations. Another 14-year-old girl named Alex, Shayla’s best friend, was also shot.
Natalie was shot in the arm, and Niah was shot in her tailbone, but the bullet traveled to her stomach.
Natalie’s sister Leslie said on Facebook both were in a stable condition, and Niah was taken into surgery, which ‘went well’.
Natalie and Niah are believed to be stable, but Alex’s condition is unknown – a woman believed to be Niah and Shayla’s stepmother said on Facebook Niah had part of her colon removed, and Alex will have surgery tomorrow.
Her father told KFOR the 14-year-old had also been at the restaurant to celebrate Shayla’s birthday.
Niah’s father, Jabari Giles, said his daughter had no long term or major damage from the bullet.
He told Facebook friends the armed bystander who took down the shooter was his ‘hero’.
‘To the good Samaritan that killed that monster I want to meet you and shake your hand and tell you face to face thank you for saving my daughter’s and everyone else in that restaurants life. You are my hero sir,’ he wrote.
The shooter had shot at least two people before he was taken down with a handgun – both who are in surgery for their injuries but are expected to survive.
Captain Matthews says he believes the three in hospital will survive the ordeal.
‘It’s a blessing this was stopped [when it was]. Who knew when this guy was going to stop shooting people,’ Matthews told KOCO.
On social media, the civilian was praise for his actions, and many opposed to limits on second amendment rights touted his involvement as proof gun control doesn’t work.
‘A “good guy with a gun” prevented a potential mass shooting near Lake Hefner,’ one man wrote.
‘If Gun Control activists had their way, the good guy wouldn’t have a gun and there would be mass casualties.’