Never let it be said that Washington state is all anti-gun liberals. On December 22, two men entered the Coastal Farm & Ranch store in Marysville and stole four nail guns worth about $400 each. They walked out of the store and climbed into a Honda Civic. They were suddenly surrounded by six…that’s 6…customers with guns pointed at them.
One customer with a gun stood in front of the men’s vehicle and yelled at them to get out.
“He won’t shoot, run him over,” one of the suspects said, according to the Heraldnet.
The suspect moved forward, and the customer landed on the hood of the Honda. Of course after they did that, two other armed citizens fired at the back tires of the car, flattening them. As the suspects attempted to flee, yet another citizen shot at the car.
The Heraldnet reported,
An employee saw the car leaving and drove after the theft suspects. He said he saw one of the men lean out the passenger window and hold up what looked like a gun. The employee stopped chasing the men and went back to the store.
Marysville police found the theft suspects’ car unoccupied about three blocks away, with two flat tires and the tools inside. Both men were apprehended after a search.
They denied having a gun, or seeing the employee follow them. Police found no firearms in the car.
The men also denied hitting anyone with the car.
However, security tape showed a vehicle striking someone, according to the police report.
The two suspects were taken to the Snohomish County jail on suspicion of 1st Degree theft.
Marysville Police would like to talk to the customers who shot at the suspect vehicle. They want them to come in and ‘give statements’ because they left before officers arrived. But they are also unclear whether the citizens fired “legally.”
“Anytime you’re firing a weapon in a public place, especially a few days before Christmas in a crowded parking lot, it is a grave concern.” Cmdr. Mark Thomas, Marysville Police
Marysville has a population of around 69,000, and is part of the greater Seattle Metro area – so it’s not a small city. Some of the shoppers in the store ran to the back and locked themselves in when they heard gunshots according to KOMO.
Featured photo: Marysville Police