A good Samaritan took matters into his own hands when he fired multiple shots at an armed robber in a San Antonio mall on Sunday, but the mall says the man shouldn’t have had a weapon in the first place, according to USA Today.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, is a licensed concealed handgun holder who believes that other shoppers were in danger and he was within his legal rights to stop the suspect, according to San Antonio police spokesman Officer Doug Greene.
The incident began when another man, Jonathan Murphy, attempted to stop the armed suspects who tried robbing a Kay Jeweler’s but he was shot and killed. This is when the man with a concealed carry permit intervened and shot the suspect who killed Murphy. The suspect is in critical condition, and six other people were injured during the incident. The second suspect was later found in a car crash, according to CNN.
However, Rolling Oaks Mall’s general manager Dustin Christensen does not appear pleased with the actions of the man with the concealed carry permit.
“Although we respect the laws of the state and individual rights, we do, however, maintain a separate code of conduct that we visibly post at our entrances that includes the prohibition of any weapons on the property. Our top priority continues to be the safety of our shoppers as we strive to provide the best possible shopping experience for all,” said Christensen.
According to Texas Penal Code 30.06, there are specific sign requirements with size and language in order for the signs to be legally effective. Christensen said shopper’s safety is a top priority.
“Our top priority is the safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees. We work closely with and applaud the San Antonio Police Department for their efforts to keep our community safe. Our collaboration with law enforcement, which is part of our comprehensive security efforts, is crucial as we strive to provide the best possible shopping experience,” said Christensen.