Concealed Permit Holder Stops Attempted Mass Shooting in South Carolina

Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office

A concealed carry permit holder stopped an attempted mass shooting outside Playoffz nightclub on June 27.

According to WISTV, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says that around 3:30 a.m. in Spartanburg, South Carolina, “32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man.” He reportedly “fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.”

Thompson shot and wounded three people when he opened fire. The individual who would have been his fourth target, an unnamed concealed permit holder, ended the incident by pulling his own gun and shooting Thompson.

The defensive shot was not fatal, but it ended Thompson’s spree.

Lt. Kevin Bobo stressed that the man who stopped the attempted mass shooting “has a valid concealed weapons permit … and won’t be facing any charges.”

Thompson is now lodged in the Spartanburg County Detention Center. He is charged with “four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.”

Breitbart News reported that a concealed carry permit holder stopped an attempted mass shooting in a Philadelphia barbershop on March 22, 2015. The concealed permit holder was outside the shop, heard gunfire, ran toward the sound, and killed the gunman. On April 20, 2015, an Uber driver with a concealed carry permit stopped an attempted mass shooting in Chicago, Illinois.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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