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Hero In Arms: Concealed Carry Permit Holder Stops Mass Shooting At SC Nightclub

June 30, 2016

Following an argument at a South Carolina nightclub Sunday morning, one of the men involved began firing into a crowd of people gathering outside the nightclub. One of the men in the crowd had a gun of his own and managed to quickly put the shooting to an end.


At around 3:30 a.m. at the Playoffz nightclub in Lyman, South Carolina, police say Jody Rray Thompson, 32, got into an argument with another man at the nightclub, which quickly escalated to him bringing out a gun. According to witnesses, he fired into a crowd of people outside the nightclub.

According to Lt. Kevin Bobo, a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that Thompson shot three people and attempted to shoot a fourth. The fourth man who was shot at pulled out his own handgun and shot back at Thompson, striking him in the leg, apparently ending Thompson’s shooting spree.

“Thompson was still on the scene when deputies arrived, but the initial scene was chaotic,” Bobo said. “It wasn’t until victims and witnesses were interviewed, and video from the scene was reviewed that Thompson was identified as the suspect.”

Bobo said the unnamed armed citizen who shot Thompson possessed a valid conceal carry permit and was carrying the gun legally. Bobo added that he would not be facing any charges as he was acting out of self defense.

According to jail records, Thompson was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and then booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center just before 9 a.m.

He was charged with four counts of attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is held without bond.