Tyler, Texas Shooting
I kept reading news reports yesterday about a shooting. They all had the same basic byline that someone with a high-powered rifle (or AK-47) had went nuts at a courthouse in Texas. Insert usual rant about how it was not an AK-47 and wasn’t high-powered but rather the medium-powered 7.62X39 cartridge. Anyway:
David Hernandez Arroyo Sr. armored up with multiple layers of body armor, killed his wife and attempted to shoot his son. However, a Texas CCW holder intervened:
The noise prompted Mark Wilson, a gun enthusiast, to intervene as Arroyo continued to fire on his wounded son.
“They traded shots, missing each other, and then the gunman hit Wilson and Wilson went down,” said Nelson Clyde III, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, recalling the shooting as he watched from Don Juan’s.
“The gunman walked up to Wilson and shot him while he was on the ground,” Clyde said. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing … it was sickening.”
“He was either wounded or dead, but the guy (Arroyo) shot him again to make sure he wouldn’t get up,” said witness Brandon Malone, a Tyler builder who was lunching inside Don Juan’s.
Mr. Wilson saved the life of Arroyo’s son and likely the lives of other people by intervening and drawing fire from Arroyo. Unfortunately for Mr. Wilson, the suspect was armored up and very likely his pistol ammunition could not penetrate the armor. Mr. Wilson died a hero.
Hat tip to reader Airboss who notes: This is why I practice and I practice head shots.
The Geek notes possibly two CCW carriers engaged Arroyo and that bullets don’t make you invincible.
Update: From Fox:
“One of the deputies at the scene said if it hadn’t been for Mr. Wilson,” said Sheriff J.B. Smith, “the son would be dead.”
Friends who visited the son in the hospital Thursday night said he told them that his father was always open about having a collection of weapons.
Aurea Seanez said the son told them, “And look now, he used them on us.”
Wilson, a gun enthusiast who once owned a shooting range, intervened after Arroyo killed his ex-wife, witnesses said. Swindle, the police chief, said Wilson shot at Arroyo several times but his rounds weren’t penetrating the armor.
Just talked to the friend who is handling the details for Marks family. He said Mark was IN his apt, evidently heard shooting outside and grabbed his carry gun, a Glock 9mm, and went out the door. He said Mark had expected a shootout at the courthouse sooner or later.
Unknown which Glock 9mm, and unknown whether he shot dry. This friend said Mark went prone for cover, then was shot trying to evade the gunman when the gunman closed on his position behind the gunman’s truck.
Witnesses say he had several hits on the gunmans torso, all absorbed by the body armor.