6/06/2012

"Seattle hero who hit gunman identified"

-- From Seattle, Washington:
As a gunman opened fire inside a cafe in Seattle, a patron jumped into action, hitting the shooter twice with a stool and saving three lives, police said.
Investigators hailed him as a hero, but the man told a Seattle newspaper that he was simply keeping a promise to a brother who died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Police identified the man only as Lawrence, but The Seattle Times reported his full name Friday as Lawrence Adams.
After Adams' brother died on 9/11, he told the newspaper, he promised himself that if something like that ever happened again, "I would never hide under a table." . . . .
"There's a hero. .... He put his life at risk," Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel told reporters.
In an interview with police, Adams said he had glanced at his phone when he heard gunshots, then sprung into action as he saw people scrambling around him.
"I just threw the frigging stool at him, legs first," he said in a statement published on the official Seattle police blog.
Police said his actions allowed three people to escape while a man armed with two handguns attacked.
The shooting left four people dead and one person critically injured inside Cafe Racer, a peaceful coffeehouse in the city's University District. A second shooting, about a half-hour later near downtown Seattle, left a woman dead, authorities said. . . . .
UPDATE: Note that the above cafe was a posted gun-free zone, but it is one of those rare cases where the posting didn't stop the permit holder from carrying.

Reminiscent of another shooting in a gun-free zone a few years earlier in Seattle at another coffee house in which four police officers were killed.  In both cases, my information on the posting is from Dave Workman at the nearby based Second Amendment Foundation.

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