Legally armed civilian shot El Paso shooter in self defense

Emanuel Duran had to use his legally registered handgun after the shooter pointed gun at him.

Police in El Paso, Texas, said that a legally armed citizen named Emanuel Duran shot the gunman in a shooting at a shopping mall this week. Duran acted in legitimate self-defense in the incident that left one victim dead and three injured.

The event occurred this Wednesday. A 16-year-old teenager entered the mall and began shooting four minors. Angeles Zaragoza, 17, died on the spot and the other three teenagers were injured. It was then that Duran, who was carrying his legally registered weapon, shot the shooter and wounded him before the officers took him into custody. El Paso police said:

As soon as the shooting ended, the 16-year-old suspect began to run and was pointing the gun towards the direction of bystanders, including 32-year-old Emanuel Duran, a Licensed to Carry Holder. As the suspect ran towards Duran and bystanders, Duran drew his handgun and shot the suspect.

In addition, police located two other bystanders at the mall who had licenses to carry, but did not act in the shooting. The shooting is being investigated to determine whether the incident was an attempt to settle scores between youth gangs.