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Texas Concealed Carrier Stops Massacre at Sports Bar

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.

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17 Responses to Texas Concealed Carrier Stops Massacre at Sports Bar

  1. Bill May 5, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Some ago my wife and I were in a motel with our baby daughter. At 2:30 A.M. a knock came to our door. No peep hole in the door, I only touched the door knob and the door flew back into my face. I managed to get my knee against the door and keep pressure on it while my wife got a chair under the door knob while one of the people outside the door got his arm inside reaching for me.
    At that time I had no way of protecting my family. Very scary moment in my life and from that time on, I do legally carry.
    ONE just never knows when the manure will hit the fan.

    • Luther Rhodes May 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      Maybe the new Open Carry law, soon to be on
      governor Abbott’s desk will solve some of the possible problems noted above. I understand there are some changes on permitted carry in locales currently prohibited. It looks like the Texas Legislature may have gotten their heads out their backsides and passed what seems to be a favorable piece of Legislation. As for the above, it would be hard if not impossible to find a jury in Texas that would convict what was unquestionably an act of self-defense, on the part of the Gentleman who saved the day and the patrons of the facility, at that particular time. I think the City, and or the State, should present him with a Citation for his clear thinking.

      • Keith A. Milligan May 23, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

        New open carry law. Ummm Texas has had open carry since January 2016. There is no new open carry law on record in Texas. There is a constitutional carry bill that they have stalled.

  2. George May 5, 2017 at 9:18 am #

    It’s illegal in Texas to possess a firearm in an establishment that that generates in excess of 50% of it’s income from the sale of alcoholic beverages.

    • Rattlerjake May 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

      An unconstitutional law, as is the fact that you are required to have a permit to carry, either open or concealed, in Texas. If this man had not “violated the law” by carrying in the bar, there could have been more dead.

    • [email protected] May 8, 2017 at 9:58 am #

      but was this a 51%
      maybe it was more of a restaurant

    • Keith A. Milligan May 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

      And this place was not one of those establishments as the police already stated. It’s a bar and grill. Not just a bar.

  3. David Wickersham May 5, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    Glad for the customers who went home thanks to a good citizen. However, doesn’t Texas have a 51% rule that prohibits carrying in a bar?

    • Keith A. Milligan May 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

      Yes we do have that law and this establishment is a restaurant and does not fall in the 51% law. The concealed carrier was completely within the law. Hence, no charges filed.

  4. Earl May 5, 2017 at 9:45 am #


  5. George May 5, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    One less pathetic scumbag in this life.

  6. Jay McKinney May 5, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    He did what he had to and in my mind he is a hero. I pray that God wraps his loving arms around him and comfots him, in what I’m sure is a difficult tine.

  7. Edward McCann May 5, 2017 at 11:41 am #

    The scumbag that went into the sports bar to do the killing either stole the gun or bought it illegally and the smart asses that want to take our 2nd away from us don’t think about that but it wouldn’t stop them kind of people from getting guns to do their dirty work

  8. Charles May 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    The concealed carrier was thankfully at the right place at the right time!! Concealed Carry should be allowed in all states and cities……Calif. and Chicago come to mind for starters.

  9. Roger May 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    Try telling idiot politicians that we are not the bad guys and all they can say is we need more gun control not criminal control. Turn the criminal loose and persecute the gun owner per liberals(at least most of them)

  10. Les May 5, 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    How can someone’s response be focused on the state 51% law??? Are you so naive to think that the hero in this situation was breaking the law? What a joke!! I’m sure mr jones was considering whether to walk in there with a gun due to the state law,.. you anti-gun people are so clueless

  11. Michael G Murphy May 6, 2017 at 12:46 am #

    God only knows how many others would have died that day if that man had not done what he did. My father served in the Army during WWII. And there is a time and a place when a man or woman has to do what is necessary to save lives. That is why we have police. To save lives not take them. During WWII we had a mad man that was set out on world domination. And if men and women like my parents hadn’t stood for what was right we would not be living in a free nation today, but one ruled by madmen like Hitler. You might think I have a simplistic way of looking at this situation. But I don’t believe anything is completely independent of all others. Both of my parents did what they had to during WWII. Who is stepping up today?

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