Police revealed on Friday that two armed citizens were both responsible for shooting and killing a mass shooter at a restaurant in Oklahoma on Thursday.
Initial reports that surfaced late on Thursday indicated that the gunman was shot and killed by a single armed citizen, but police said on Friday that when the 28-year-old gunman walked into Louie’s restaurant in Oklahoma City and opened fire, hitting three people, he was met by two armed citizens who pulled out their guns and shot and killed him. KFOR-TV reports:
Authorities identified the two armed civilians who were responsible for stopping [the shooter] as 35-year-old Juan Carlos Nazario and 39-year-old Bryan Whittle.
“I spotted the [shooter] walking north up the sidewalk, and pointed him out to the guy who had the weapon, and then there was another guy who had one,” Ron Benton told News 4. “They were really screaming. They were like, ‘Stop! stop! stop! Please! Put the gun down! Please put the gun down!’ And I was pointing at him, I was like ‘Down! Put it down! Put it down!’ and they wound up exchanging fire.”
Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Bo Mathews said that he was thankful that the only person who died in the shooting was the perpetrator.
“Thankfully the only person that is deceased is the person who was trying to harm others, and it looks like others are going to survive at this point,” Mathews said. “That`s the best thing that we can hope for at this point.”