A brave dad armed with a pistol stopped what could have been a mass shooting Saturday inside an Alabama McDonald’s when he took down a masked gunman who had stormed in and opened fire.
The unidentified father was leaving the establishment with his sons when a masked man walked into the Birmingham fast-food restaurant and started shooting, WBRC-TV reported. The father returned fire and, during the ensuing shootout, the gunman, the father and one of the man’s teenage sons were struck, according to the station.
Story here indicates masked attacker, father and kids were all black:
At 10:44 p.m. Saturday, west precinct officers responded to McDonalds at 732 Lomb Avenue on a call of multiple people shot. They arrived and found three people, two black males and one juvenile black male suffering from gunshot wounds. All three were taken to area hospitals.
One of the men, Sanders, later died from his injuries.
Sparse detail anywhere on whether this was robbery or something more nefarious. But on the effectiveness of anti-recidivism programs, see here:
Initial police scanner reports said the shooting may have happened during a robbery, but police have not confirmed whether Sanders was intending to rob the restaurant or was targeting someone inside the restaurant.
Court records show Sanders pleaded guilty in July to possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a license. He entered the plea after taking part in The Dannon Project program. During his time in the program, according to a letter on file from a court advocate, Sanders completed a mental toughness program orientation and started several occupational training classes, including success lab courses and financial literacy. He had decided to pursue certification in forklift operation.
“Because of his compliance and dedication in our program, we are happy and eager to report…that Mr. Sanders has demonstrated a propensity of progressive success and law-abiding citizentry,’’ reads a letter to the judges in Sanders’ cases. “When our nation formulates plans to reduce recidivism and enable second changes, Antonio Sanders’ post incarceration journey is the example all similarly situated participants should emulate.”
Sanders was given probation, but records show a judge had revoked his probation on Monday, before Sanders had been identified as the person killed over the weekend. The reason for the revocation was not immediately available.
“Right now it appears the victim made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and children’s’ life,” Shelton said.
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