A Florida man, Connor Anderson enraged over his misplaced car keys held a gun to a woman’s head and opened fire inside a bar — but was stopped by several quick-thinking, brave patrons, according to dramatic surveillance footage.
The shooting occurred on Sunday night at Smiles Nite Club in Palm Coast, but no fatalities or serious injuries were reported, according to officials.
“It’s amazing this jerk didn’t kill or seriously injure anyone during his rage over something as trivial as his car keys.” “Violence is never the answer, and alcohol and guns never mix well,” Sheriff Rick Staly said.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that witnesses told deputies that the suspect, 30-year-old Connor Anderson, had been at the bar with a woman when he became upset about being unable to find his car key.
Anderson, sporting an “NRA” T-shirt with an American flag, briefly left the watering hole on Palm Harbor Village Way and returned brandishing a firearm.
Surveillance video from inside the bar then shows the enraged man putting his date in a headlock and putting the gun to her head.
Other bar patrons intervene and struggle to disarm Anderson as he fires his handgun at them repeatedly, sending debris flying everywhere.
The suspect then fled the scene and ran to a nearby parking lot, where he was cornered by deputies responding to 911 calls reporting a shooting.
Anderson was still armed with a 9mm Glock handgun and a pocketknife when he was apprehended, according to the sheriff’s office.
Anderson was charged with six counts of shooting into or throwing deadly missiles, three counts of aggravated assault, battery, using a firearm while intoxicated, and improper display of dangerous weapons or firearms.
He was arrested and held in the county jail on a $542,000 bond as of Tuesday.
Sheriff Staly commended the patrons who stepped in and stopped Anderson.
“Putting themselves in danger in this case saved many lives,” he said.