‘Hero’ armed citizen stops crazed carjacker who had shot a man in a Walmart parking lot

‘Hero’ armed citizen stops crazed carjacker who had shot a man in a Walmart parking lot
An armed citizen is being hailed as a "hero" after he shot dead an armed carjacker in a Walmart parking lot in western Washington State on Sunday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Law enforcement credited an armed citizen with stopping a crazed armed carjacker outside a Walmart in western Washington on Sunday.

What are the details?

The incident began when police received a call about a drunk driver driving in the wrong direction near a Toyota dealership in Tumwater, just outside Olympia. When they arrived, they heard shots down the road at a nearby roundabout, according to The News Tribune.

At the roundabout, they learned an armed man had tried to carjack two vehicles, injuring a 16-year-old girl in the process, though not seriously.

The suspect then proceeded to a local Walmart, where he attempted to steal two additional cars. In one attempted carjacking, the suspect shot a man twice, leaving him in critical condition.

That’s when, according to the Seattle Times, two men armed with concealed firearms drew their sidearms and approached the carjacker. One man discharged his weapon, killing the gunman. According to KCPQ-TV, the man who ultimately subdued the carjacker was a father walking with his family.

“He is a hero. He took action. I really think more people could have been shot … he saved us all,” witness Bryan Adams told KCPQ.

Police did not release the identity of the shooter, those injured, or the armed citizen who stopped the threat. They believe the man shot dead in the Walmart parking lot is the same suspect in all three incidents.