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Court Documents: Father of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Was FBI Informant

A shocking revelation emerged from court documents in the obstruction of justice and providing material support to terrorism trial of Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse nightclub gunman Omar Mateen. According to a motion filed in the case, the gunman’s father Seddique Mateen was an FBI informant in the years leading up to the shooting and his relationship with agents reportedly influenced their decision not to act after investigating threats made by his son prior to his June 12, 2016 attack on the Orlando, Fla. LGBT nightclub that left 49 dead and 58 wounded.

Seddique Mateen is also currently under investigation for money transfers to Pakistan and Turkey that were revealed after officers searched his residence while investigating Omar Mateen’s attack. The transfers took place between March 16, 2016 and June 5, 2016.

The motion notes that prosecutors sent an email on Saturday revealing that Seddique Mateen had been an informant for the FBI from 2005 through June 2016.

“Additionally, while the Government has disclosed that [Omar] Mateen was under FBI
investigation [in 2013] based on statements he made while at work, the Government has repeatedly failed to disclose that his father played a significant role in that investigation. The initial disclosure of an intelligence report indicated only that an unidentified undercover informant ‘was informed that the FBI was investigating allegations against Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, during which the [informant] became very upset,'” claimed the motion.

It continued, “In light of the Government’s Saturday disclosure, twelve days into trial, we can now infer—although the Government has, to this day, not disclosed that the [confidential informant] referenced in this report is Seddique Mateen—that Mateen’s father played a significant role in the FBI’s decision not to seek an indictment from the Justice Department for false statements to the FBI or obstruction of justice against Omar Mateen.”

According to Click Orlando, an email from prosecutors to Salman’s legal team said that “an anonymous tip indicated that Seddique Mateen was seeking to raise $50,000-$100,000 via a [2012] donation drive to contribute toward an attack against the government of Pakistan.”

Salman’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case as a mistrial, claiming that the late revelation of this information violated their client’s due process rights as they would have taken a different strategy with the defense had they known about Seddique Mateen’s status with the FBI. The 1963 Supreme Court ruling Brady v Maryland requires that prosecutors provide defense attorneys any evidence they are aware of that might benefit their client’s defense.

Salman’s legal team told CNN that this information would have allowed them to argue with “strong support” that “Omar Mateen and his father, rather than Ms. Salman, conspired to support ISIS; or the FBI’s focus on Ms. Salman was based on its own motive to avoid responsibility for its failures with its own informant, Seddique Mateen, as well as his son.”

In the email disclosing this information to the defense, the prosecution stated, “If you should call S. Mateen to the stand, the government will not seek to elicit any of this information from him.”

WTVF-9 notes that Judge Paul Byron denied the motion on Monday, saying that the revelations do not “change the dynamic about this case involving Noor Salman.”

Reality Check: Mass Shootings & Psychiatric Drugs

Let’s start with a question. When it comes to the debate over mass shootings in America, why does the discussion always go toward tougher gun laws?

And yet, we are not talking about the role of antidepressants and other psychiatric medication.

The truth? The connection between mass shooters and these medications is stunning.

Let’s give it a Reality Check you won’t get anywhere else.

The response to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida has been call after call for tougher gun laws, but seems to ignore the issues once again surrounding antidepressants.

Without question, Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man who killed 17 students and wounded more than a dozen that afternoon February 14, had for years exhibited signs of mental health problems. We talked about it on Reality Check a few episodes back.

Here’s what we know about Cruz.

Cruz’s adoptive father Roger Cruz died more than a decade ago, and his adoptive mother Lynda Cruz reportedly struggled with her son and his brother Zachary until her death in November 2017.

Barbara Kumbatovich, a former sister-in-law, told the Miami Herald, that Lynda Cruz “did the best she could,” and that Nikolas and Zachary “were adopted and had some emotional issues.”

Kumbatovich told the publication that she believed Nikolas was on medication to deal with those issues and that Lynda “was struggling with Nikolas the last couple years.”

In addition to Kubatovich’s statements, records show that police were called to the Cruz residence as many as 45 times since 2008, according to Buzzfeed News.

Between reports that Cruz had previously pulled a gun on his brother and mother, and an anonymous FBI tip from January that Cruz had been suicidal but then decided “he wants to kill people” and that he was “going to explode”… all evidence is indicating a clearly unstable young man with numerous documented concerns from those who knew him.

We still don’t know what, if any medications Cruz might have been on. But we do know that the number of high profile mass shootings over the past 30 years, and the link to psychiatric medication, is deeply concerning.

In 1989, 47-year-old Joseph T. Wesbecker shot 20 workers in a Louisville, Kentucky factory, killing nine people… just a month after he began taking Prozac. The drugmaker, Eli Lilly and Company, later settled a lawsuit brought by survivors.

1998: 15-year-old Oregon school shooter Kip Kinkel, who opened fire in his school cafeteria, he was on Prozac.

1999: Columbine killer Eric Harris was taking Luvox, another antidepressant.

An important fact about Luvox. According to author David Kupelian from his book, How Evil Works, “Luvox manufacturer Solvay Pharmaceuticals concedes that during short-term controlled clinical trials, 4 percent of children and youth taking Luvox — that’s one in 25 — developed mania, a dangerous and violence-prone mental derangement characterized by extreme excitement and delusion.”

In 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota’s Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.

2007: Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, he shot and killed 32 people. Officials found prescription medicine “related to the treatment of psychological problems” among his personal belongings, according to the New York Times.

2012: Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was reportedly prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft.

2013: Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis sprayed bullets at office workers and in a cafeteria, killing 13 people including himself. Alexis had been prescribed Trazodone by his Veterans Affairs doctor.

2014: Elliot Rodger, the Isla Vista, California killer who went on a shooting spree after stabbing three men to death, had been prescribed psychotropic drugs, according to The Los Angeles Times.

2017: Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, had been prescribed diazepam.

Known by its brand name Valium, “a sedative-hypnotic drug in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior.”

Paddock received the prescription in June 2017. That October, he carried out the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

And there are dozens of other examples. To be clear, we’re not saying that prescription drugs are to blame for mass shootings.

The underlying issues of mental health that these shooters seem to all have, however are alarming. And knowing that the majority of them were prescribed antidepressants, you have to consider this…

Some of the most alarming side effects of Prozac include suicidal thoughts, self mutilation and manic behavior.

Zoloft can cause hallucinations, agitation and memory problems.

For Valium, it’s also hallucinations, depression, and thoughts of suicide.

These are dangers that drug makers themselves are required to disclose.

The use these antidepressants in America has skyrocketed. As of 2013, 12 percent of Americans were filling prescriptions for them. And while millions of people do not suffer violent episodes, the drug makers warn that some people may… and do.

You’ve heard some of those warnings in the commercials those pharmaceutical companies pay to run on mainstream media networks. According to the New York Times, “771,368 such ads were shown in 2016 … an increase of almost 65 percent over 2012.”

Pharmaceutical companies were estimated to spend $6.4 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising in 2016, according to USA Today.

Further, Open Secrets reports that in the 2016 election cycle, pharmaceutical companies contributed $12.4 million to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, another $1.5 million to former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, more than $812,805 to Sen. Ted Cruz, $446,400 to Chris Christie, $388,706 to Donald Trump, and $280,408 to Bernie Sanders.

So what you need to know, is correlation does not always equal causation. We do not know that the reason for these mass shootings is because of any one drug or any number of drugs. Nor do we know how much of a role these drugs may have played at all… but the question is, why is that?

Why are politicians and mainstream media pushing so many discussions about guns and virtually no discussion of whether or not antidepressants are playing a role? Because the numbers are compelling and beg a question that deserves an answer.

That’s Reality Check. Let’s talk about that right now on Twitter and Facebook.

Reality Check: Trump Did Not Make It Easier for Severely Mentally Ill People To Buy Guns

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The latest mass shooting at a school in Florida is once again reigniting the debate over gun control and mental health.

But now the media headlines are blaming President Trump because, they say, he signed a bill that actually made it easier for people with severe mental health problems to get guns.

Is that true?

Let’s give it a Reality Check you won’t get anywhere else.

19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, police say, is the man responsible for gunning down at least 17 teenagers at a Florida high school.

We now know much more about Cruz’s background, which include a number of very disturbing reports of police calls to his home.

According to police records obtained first by CNN, police responded to Cruz’s home 39 times over a seven-year period.

Details about the calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office have not yet shown if all involved Cruz.

What do we know about the calls police were responding too? According to KTLA, those included calls of a “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance” and “missing person.”

We also know that, according to the New York Times, “Last fall, a bail bondsman in Mississippi spotted a disturbing comment on his YouTube channel.”

‘Im going to be a professional school shooter.’

“The bondsman, Ben Bennight, took a screenshot and flagged the comment to YouTube.” And he even “left a voicemail message at his local F.B.I. field office alerting it to the comment.”

The name of the person who wrote that comment? Nikolas Cruz.

And there is more. ABC News reports that law enforcement sources say Cruz claimed “he heard voices in his head, giving him instructions” for the attack. And those “voices were described as ‘demons’.”

So to summarize, at this point it appears that Cruz very likely suffered from extreme mental health issues.

And yet, he was able to legally buy a Smith and Wesson M&P 15 .223, according to Peter Forcelli, special agent in charge of the Miami office of the ATF.

According to USA Today, “Federal law allows people age 18 and older to legally purchase long guns, including this kind of weapon. With no criminal record, Cruz cleared an instant background check via the FBI criminal database.”

According to the Gun Control Act of 1968, if somebody is “‘adjudicated mentally defective’ or has been ‘committed to a mental institution’,” he is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law.

Cruz had not been flagged by the proper authorities. So what was the response from the media?

That it is President Trump’s fault because, they say, he and the Republican Party have actually made it easier for people with mental health problems to buy assault weapons.

So is that true? Did the GOP pass, and then President Trump sign, a repeal of an Obama-era directive to keep guns out the hands of people with severe mental illness?

No, that’s not actually what happened.

What did happen?

HJ Resolution 40 was signed by President Trump on February 28, 2017, days after his inauguration.

According to the BBC, “It repealed an Obama-era rule that would have affected about 75,000 US citizens who are too mentally ill to handle their own disability benefits.”

The Obama measure covered those of “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”

“It also ordered the US Social Security Administration, which administers benefits, to add these names to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”

And this is what media is jumping all over.

But what they are not telling you is the incredible groundswell of opposition to the this rule from at least 15 mental health organizations, including American Association of People with Disabilities. And even the ACLU led the charge against this measure, saying it was unconstitutional and wrong.

Wrong, because, according to the Seattle Times, about 2.7 million people currently receive disability payments from Social Security for mental health problems. Another 1.5 million have their finances handled by others for a variety of reasons, according to the LA Times.

Those reasons may have nothing to do with mental illness. And they, those 1.5 million people, are who would not be allowed to purchase a gun.

Dr. Marc Rosen, a Yale psychiatrist who studied how veterans with mental health problems managed there money, points out, “Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe.”

And the ACLU’s opposition letter rule states:

“We oppose this rule because it advances and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with mental disabilities, a vast and diverse group of citizens, are violent. There is no data to support a connection between the need for a representative payee to manage one’s Social Security disability benefits and a propensity toward gun violence.”

So what you need to know is that the Obama-era rule allowed one federal agency, the Social Security Administration, to be judge, jury and executioner of whether millions of Americans can purchase guns, based upon whether some else handles their finances.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old who has the police come to his home 39 times in seven years somehow goes unflagged.

At the 11th hour, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the FBI and DOJ for mishandling tips about Cruz, stating “It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”

What will result from this investigation remains to be seen. But if legislation is created to protect against people with violent and dangerous mental health conditions buying guns, then it needs to be crafted in a way that actually works.

That’s Reality Check, let’s talk about it right now on Twitter and Facebook.

Colo. State Rep Who Survived Columbine Introduces Bill to Arm Teachers

Colorado State Representative Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) has introduced a bill that would allow teachers and faculty in the state who possess a concealed carry license to carry firearms in school.

Neville is a Columbine High School graduate who survived the infamous 1999 mass shooting, which USA Today notes left 13 dead and 20 injured.

The only thing that is going to stop murderers intent on doing harm is to give good people the legal authority to carry a gun to protect themselves and our children,” said Rep. Neville according to The Hill.

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Parents wake up everyday and bring their children to school on blind faith that their kids will return home safe. Unfortunately, the current system continues to leave our children as sitting targets for criminals intent on doing harm,” he said.

Neville introduced a similar bill last year, which was defeated in Colorado’s Democrat-led House of Representatives. Under current state law, teachers are banned from carrying concealed weapons on school grounds.

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When advocating for last year’s iteration of the bill, he said, “Our teachers and faculty [at Columbine] were heroic in so many ways that day. That’s why I truly believe had some of them had the legal authority to be armed, more of my friends would still be alive today.

As was the case in 1999, criminals aren’t deterred by a flashy sign on the door,” added Neville.

Obtaining a concealed carry permit in Colorado requires submitting to an FBI/CBI background check and providing proof of the completion of a firearms training course. Individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol or named in a civil or criminal restraining order are prohibited from carrying.

Last December, Ben Swann released a Reality Check segment, seen below, which examined the question of whether licensed gun owners carrying their weapons could help impede mass shooters.

Reality Check: Why More Guns in Right Hands May Be Answer To T…

Ben Swann explores the call of a Sheriff, asking those who are licensed and capable with a firearm to carry guns with them whenever possible. A look at the numbers behind this idea.Learn more: http://bit.ly/1ORNxJw

Posted by Ben Swann on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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Alleged ISIS Plotter Said He Planned to Target Detroit Church Where Guns ‘Not Allowed’

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials say that 21-year-old Dearborn Heights, Michigan resident Khalil Abu-Rayyan told an undercover informant that he had planned to carry out a mass shooting on a Detroit church but was foiled when his father discovered evidence of the plot.

WDIV ClickOnDetroit notes that Abu-Rayyan is currently in custody on drug and gun charges in connection with an Oct. 7, 2015 traffic stop in which he was found in possession of marijuana, sleeping pills, and a pistol. He has not been charged with any crimes related to terrorism, though authorities say that such charges might be added in the future.

The FBI had been monitoring Abu-Rayyan’s activities since May of 2015 when he allegedly began liking and sharing ISIS propaganda on Twitter.

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According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday by an FBI special agent, Abu-Rayyan spoke with an undercover informant in Dec. of 2015 and reportedly expressed support for ISIS and interest in carrying out a martyrdom operation.

The complaint claimed that Abu-Rayyan told the informant, “I tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.

He allegedly told the informant that he singled out the church for a mass shooting inspired by ISIS because, “It’s easy and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard.” The FBI says that Abu-Rayyan did not specify which church, but noted that it has seating for 6,000 people.

[RELATED: FBI Foils ISIS Terror Attacks After THEY Recruit and Plot the Attack?]

FBI officials say that Abu-Rayyan claimed to carry a large knife in his car and said that it is his “dream to behead someone.” The informant also said that Abu-Rayyan had expressed interest in murdering the police officer that arrested him on Oct. 7.

Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan executive director Dawud Walid told The Detroit News, “If the allegations are true, then they’re extremely troublesome,” but that his organization is “encouraging the broader community to also reserve judgment regarding this matter.

Abuy-Rayyan is set to face a detention hearing on Monday afternoon.

Democratic N.Y. Sheriff Asks Handgun Owners to Carry in Wake of Mass Shootings

Following Wednesday’s deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Democratic Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum asked licensed gun owners in his upstate N.Y. county to begin carrying their weapons in a post on Thursday on the Facebook page of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

In the widely seen viral post, which stimulated a robust debate in its comments section, Sheriff Van Blarcum wrote, “In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO.

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I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it,” he added.

Van Blarcum told The Associated Press that he is “not trying to drum up a militia of any sort” but that his deputies are “partners with the public in crime prevention” and noted that around 10,000 licensed handgun owners live in his county.

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I also want to remind all Police/Peace Officers both active duty and retired to please carry a weapon whenever you leave your house. We are the thin blue line that is entrusted in keeping this country safe, and we must be prepared to act at any given moment,” wrote Van Blarcum in his controversial Facebook post.

A commenter criticized the post, saying, “I am confused as to why the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, whose job it is to protect people, would encouraging [sic] citizens to take up arms for their own safety.

Another Facebook commenter replied, “Maybe because they can’t be everywhere at once. It is our right to carry and protect ourselves when needed.

UPDATE: Police Say California Mass Shooter “Recently Radicalized”

San Bernardino- As we learn more about the man and woman responsible for the San Bernardino mass shooting, Truth in Media has learned that authorities believe the main suspect Syed Farook had been recently radicalized.  Though authorities are not saying how that may have happened or perhaps more importantly, why.

As we reported, sources say Syed Farook was killed after he and his wife Tashfeen Malik got into a shootout with police several hours after the mass shooting that killed 14 and left 21 people injured took place.

We are also learning more about Farook who authorities say was born here in the United States to a Pakistani family.  His wife reportedly had a Pakistani passport and came to the U.S. last year on a fiancee Visa.

According to the San Bernardino Sheriff the couple’s home was an ammunition stockpile.  Police say they found 12 pipe bombs, 3,000 rounds of bullets and tools to used to make explosives.

Inside the Inland Region Center where the shooting took place, the couple reportedly fired between 65 and 75 rounds.  Police also say they found more than 1,600 bullets inside the couple’s car.

At a news conference late Wednesday night held by CAIR, the brother-in-law of Syed Farook said that he is in shock at reports that Farook was among those responsible for the shooting.

Fact Check: 355 Mass Shootings So Far in 2015?

The Washington Post reported yesterday that there have been 355 mass shootings so far in 2015. Other mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times have also reported that mass shootings have surged to the extent that they occur at an average pace of around once per day.

While definitions of mass shootings vary based on who is calculating the statistics, the source that these articles are relying on to come to such a shocking number calculates the stat in a vastly different manner than the ways law enforcement agencies have traditionally evaluated them.

[RELATED: San Bernardino Suspect Attended Holiday Party Before Shooting, Left ‘Angry’]

The source of the stats is an unofficial, crowd-sourced compilation of news articles of shootings by members of the anti-gun Reddit sub-forum GunsAreCool which is also mirrored on the Mass Shooting Tracker website.

The Mass Shooting Tracker website states:

[pull_quote_center]The most obscene incidents of gun violence usually do not make the mainstream news at all. Why? Because their definition is incorrect. The mainstream news meaning of ‘Mass Shooting’ should more accurately be described as ‘Mass Murder.’ The old FBI definition of Mass Murder (not even the most recent one) is four or more people murdered in one event. It is only logical that a Mass Shooting is four or more people shot in one event. Here at the Mass Shooting Tracker, we count the number of people shot rather than the number people killed because, ‘shooting’ means ‘people shot.'[/pull_quote_center]

Mass Shooting Tracker’s definition of a mass shooting as any gun violence event in which 4 people including the shooter are injured would include gang shootouts, robberies and drug deals gone wrong, suicide-by-cop incidents in which bystanders were inadvertently injured by police, and other incidents that deviate drastically from the Columbine and Sandy Hook type events that most Americans think of when talking about a mass shooting.

Mass Shooting Tracker included in its list of 2013 mass shootings a relatively harmless incident involving no serious injuries in which two boys aged 11 and 12 allegedly shot four people with BB guns.

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PolitiFact, who ranked Mass Shooting Tracker’s statistical assessment as “half truenoted, “Using 2013, the most recent year for which federal data is available, the Congressional Research Service found 25 mass shooting incidents — far less than the 363 counted by Mass Shooting Tracker.” The Congressional Research Service defines a mass shooting more narrowly as a gun violence incident in public in which 4 or more people are killed in a single event and excludes incidents in which the violence is a “means to an end such as robbery.

PolitiFact’s Amy Sherman added, “Mass Shooting Tracker showed 294 mass shootings [in 2015] as of Oct. 1. About 122 of those incidents — or about 42 percent — involved zero fatalities.

USA Today’s analysis of mass shootings in 2015, which defines them as incidents in which 4 or more people are killed by a firearm in a single event, found that there have been 29 cases so far this year.

Breaking: Police Identify One of California Mass Shooters As Syed Farook

San Bernardino- Multiple sources from multiple law enforcement agencies have identified one of the shooters in Wednesday’s California mass shooting as Syed Farook.  Police have just executed a search warrant at a Redlands, California address—an address that belongs to Farook’s family.

According to authorities, Farook was an environmental health specialist working for the county.  Farook has been reported as the man along with a woman who were shot to death today during a shootout with police.  The suspects had assault-style rifles and handguns, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters. They were dressed in what he called black, tactical “assault style” clothing.  One officer was injured in that shootout.

A third person was detained close to the scene of the shootout, but it is possible he is not connected to the shootings.  It is also being reported tonight that the third person is actually a Syed Farook’s brother.

A CBS News correspondent earlier in the day had reported that witnesses said the shooters were three gunmen and were “white with athletic build”.

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Earlier police said they were hunting as many as three suspects, who had fled in a black SUV.

14 people are dead and another 18 wounded after three people entered the the Inland Regional Center and opened fire Wednesday morning.

Gunman’s Mass Shooting Rampage in Philly Barbershop Cut Short by Concealed Carrier

On March 22, an argument broke out at Falah Barber Shop in West Philadelphia. An angry, unidentified 40-year-old man pulled out a gun and began to open fire at customers and employees, who were huddled together in a crowded room, in what appeared to be an indiscriminate manner.

Teenager Yusaf Mack, who was present at the time of the incident, described what he saw moments before the shooting in comments to NBC Philadelphia, “[The soon-to-be gunman and another individual] were arguing… They were taking it too far and one of the barbers said, ‘chill out.'” At that moment, the enraged customer produced his weapon and unleashed round after round on customers and employees of the barbershop. Children were present in the building at the time of his assault. Witnesses and investigators have yet to determine if the shooter had a specific target as the room in which he was firing was crowded and full of people.

Meanwhile, an armed concealed carry permit holder, who happened to be standing outside, charged into the building and took down the shooter with a single shot to the chest before fleeing. Eyewitness Yusaf Mack said, “He just shot him and when he was done shooting he ran.” The rampaging gunman was later pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital. The concealed carrier who shot the gunman surrendered himself to police later that day.

Police say that the gunman was the only individual injured in the shootout, as the concealed carry permit holder intervened before any of the gunman’s bullets could meet their marks. Philadelphia police are treating the fatal shooting of the gunman by the heroic bystander as an act of self-defense and, pending an investigation, are unlikely to press charges.

Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Llewellyn told NBC Philadelphia, “The person who responded was a legal gun permit carrier… He responded and I guess he saved a lot of people in there.” CBS Philly quoted Captain Llewellyn as saying, “There were numerous people in there, so it could have been a lot worse.”