71-year-old Florida based concealed-weapons permit holder Samuel Williams has garnered quite a bit of attention and praise for courageously defending himself and other patrons at an Internet Café.
Just before 10pm on Friday, two masked men – one wielding a gun – entered the Palms Internet Café in Ocala, Florida. As Duwayne Henderson pointed his handgun at customers, his partner-in-crime Davis Dawkins was destroying a $1,200 computer screen. The men were likely in search of cash; Internet cafes, regulated by the state, offer casino-style games and deal mainly with cash payments.
Unfortunately for the two 19-year-old criminals – Henderson and Dawkins – the 71-year-old Williams pulled out a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, stood from his chair, bent down, and fired two shots at Henderson, who then tried to run.
According to The Gainesville Sun’s report of the surveillance video,
Williams takes several more steps toward the door and continues firing as Henderson and Dawkins fall over one another trying to exit the building. The two eventually run off screen.
Both men were shot by Williams. Their wounds were not life-threatening. Each was arrested hours later and charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm and felony criminal mischief.”
Mary Beach, a patron in the café at the time of the shooting, said, “I think he is wonderful. If he wouldn’t have been there, there could have been some innocent people shot.”
Bill Gladson of the State Attorney’s Office for the 5th Judicial Circuit, in reference to his analysis of the surveillance videos, said, “Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don’t anticipate filing any charges.”
Williams has a concealed-weapons permit, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and is protected by Florida law that allows a person “to use deadly force if he or she fears death or serious injury to themselves or others.”
If the 30 or so people that were in the Internet café weren’t fans of the Constitutional right to bear arms before the incident, I’m sure they are now. Who knows what those two 19-year-old clowns would have done if there weren’t a responsible gun owner there to save the day.
Watch the 71-year-old badass save the day in the video above.
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