Two men who were killed Wednesday night in a shooting at an Arlington sports bar have been identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner.
James Jones, 48, of Grand Prairie went into the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill at about 6:15 p.m. and walked up to the manager, 37-year-old Cesar Perez of Duncanville and at that point an altercation began, during which Jones pulled out a gun and fatally shot Perez, according to Lt. Chris Cook.
At this point in the investigation, there is no reasoning given for Jones to go into the store with the lethal intent.
However, after the shooting an unnamed quick-thinking customer, who was armed with a concealed handgun then approached Jones and shot him to death, Cook said.
“By all accounts, he decided to engage the shooter because he wanted to prevent further loss of life. If the shooter was going to do the additional shooting because he engaged the shooter there was no further loss of life.”
The customer who shot the gunman told police he has a concealed handgun license, according to Cook. It was also mentioned that the shooter's name is not being released due to the family's wish for privacy.
Sadly before our concealed carrier managed to handle the situation a third person, a woman, suffered a non-life-threatening injury during the incident. She cut her feet on broken glass while trying to escape the building, Cook said.
Some 15 to 20 other people were also in the sports bar when the shooting happened. Local interviews with these other customers have shown that they are immensely grateful for the concealed carrier. It appears that the police are also thankful for the quick thinking consumer because there are currently no plans to charge the defensive shooter.
It was also unknown whether the original shooter knew the victim.
Now, there are a lot of people who knock people who carry concealed into bars and restaurants, and in some states, it might not even be legal (Consult our firearm traveler's guide for more information about your state.) but no matter where you are or if you think your firearm may be “cramping your style” know from this situation that danger can strike anywhere and ask yourself if you want to be prepared if that happens.