Gunman threatening to kill store customers and staff in Alabama is taken out by a concealed carrier

The Selma Times-Journal is reporting that a gunman looking for multiple individuals in a tiny Alabama town was stopped by a concealed carrier:

The incident occurred when Dallas County resident Kevin Mclaughlin entered Dollar General reportedly waving a pistol in the air, Huffman said. Mclaughlin then ushered a group of people inside the store into a break room.

“It appears that once the cashier got inside the break room, a customer that was walking into the break room shot the individual, the white male, with the pistol,” Huffman said. “There was only one shot fired and that shot struck the individual with the pistol causing the disturbance.”

District Attorney Michael Jackson confirmed the customer who reportedly shot Mclaughlin was Orrville resident Marlo Ellis.

Huffman said Ellis used his own weapon in the incident.

Orrville resident Deforest James said he was in the Dollar General moments before the shooting occurred. James exited the building shortly after Mclaughlin waved the pistol and told customers not to move.

“He said he was looking for three bad mother—-ers and then I ran out and I busted out through the back door,” James said.


Neither account suggests that McLaughlin came into the store intent on robbery. It seems that he was hunting for people to shoot.

Ellis has not been charged in McLaughlin’s death and it doesn’t sound like he will be, though there seems to be a question on whether or not he had a valid concealed carry permit.

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