Thomas McCary

A civilian with a concealed-carry permit provided a clear, real-life example of why an unfettered Second Amendment can be a good thing, when he responded in kind to a man who unleashed a hail of gunfire at four people, including a toddler.

Thomas McCary, 62, and Jeaneta Walker were arguing outside an apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio, when McCary began shooting from a .38-caliber handgun.

Walker was outside with her brother, Patrick Ewing, and her 1-year-old son at the time.

Ewing has a concealed carry permit and returned fire. Ewing fired three shots, hitting McCary in the leg, police said.

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Ewing then pulled out his own gun and shot back, hitting McCary in the leg. McCary retreated into his home and emerged with two more guns, one in each hand, and began shooting toward the woman he had been arguing with, whom at that point was standing next to her young son and another bystander. The trio fled, dodging bullets that McCary kept firing – at least until Ewing shot back in earnest, Fox News reported.

Ewing stayed outside and continued to shoot at McCary “in an attempt to divert his attention away from his relatives,” according to court documents.

Ewing cleared a path for the three to run inside to safety by firing off several shots, Fox News reported.

McCary also fired several more rounds and then retreated into his apartment, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer.

McCary was taken to the nearby university of Cincinnati Medical Center and released into the custody of Hamilton County Jail, where he was arraigned on four counts of felonious assault.


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