idiot starts a shoot out in a gun store!!~!
A man is dead and another is hospitalized after a shooting Monday at Don’s Guns and Galleries on the Westside.
Police have released few details about what happened, but owner Don Davis said detectives told him that a man walked into his gun store at 3807 Lafayette Road shortly before 12:20 p.m. and asked a clerk to rent a gun. Shortly after — without a word — the man used the gun to shoot the clerk. The clerk fired back, killing the customer police have identified as Brian C. Wayner, 26, 8700 block of Gargany Lane.
Davis said his employee, Ben Chance, was in critical condition at a hospital Monday but was expected to survive.
Davis said Wayner rented a gun in the showroom and went to the attached shooting range where he fired three boxes of ammunition.
Afterward, he went to the restroom to wash his hands and walked back out to the counter in the store area. Chance was giving Wayner his total when — without saying anything — Wayner suddenly fired shots at the clerk, Davis said. It was unclear where he was shot.
Police didn’t identify the specific weapons used in the shootings.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Kendale Adams said Wayner had no history of arrest in Marion County
It remains unclear how Wayner was able to walk out of the shooting range area undetected and back to the counter with a loaded gun. It is against store policy for customers to carry loaded guns inside the building unless they are in the indoor range. However, Davis said, “we don’t strip and search everyone.”
The retired gun shop owner said Chance, who has worked at the store for more than 15 years, did exactly what anyone in his position would have done.
“If you shoot us,” he said, “we’ll shoot you right back.”
Davis added no one in the store had a clue that Wayner was going to open fire.
“Nothing was said, not one word.”
Customers Gillase and Debra Samples said they narrowly missed the shooting. The couple were inside the store about 10 minutes before the shooting started.
They were buying a shotgun but had to drive back to their house about five miles away because Debra Samples forgot her identification. When they returned to buy the gun, the area was cordoned off and police cars had surrounded the store.
“It scared me to death,” Gillase Samples said. “We just left.”
Don’s Guns is the city’s highest profile firearms retailer, due in part to its colorful founder and his advertising motto: “I don’t want to make money. I just love to sell guns.”
Gun-control advocates cite Don’s Guns for the number of weapons traced back to the store that were used in crimes. A 2010 Washington Post investigation found Don’s Guns ranked third among the country’s firearm retailers, with 1,910 crime-related guns traced back to the shop in the previous four years.
An earlier study by a gun-control organization found that Don’s ranked second in such sales from 1996 to 2000, with 2,294 guns turning up illegally.
Davis made no apologies in response. He said the problem comes when guns are resold on the street or at gun shows. He also said it’s logical that more guns are traced back to his store than others because he is one of the leading sellers.
The store near the intersection of Lafayette Road and 38th Street has been the scene of other shootings and thefts. Area business owners said the store has been targeted by armed robbers before.
Last year, a theft of a pink handgun resulted in a woman’s arrest. In June 2010, a customer at the store’s gun range shot himself in the head with a rented gun. Two years earlier, three people were accused of smashing a stolen car into the shop to steal firearms. And in 2007, an employee was wounded in the accidental discharge of an AK-47.
“It concerns me a little bit. This particular business (Don’s Guns) has been targeted many times,” said Roberta Wilson, owner of Flowerama, which is near the gun store. “I think something like this is more apt to happen to a business like that.”
Clarisse Toa, owner of nearby AAA African Braiding, agreed.
“Nothing ever happens in this neighborhood except Don’s Guns,” Toa said. “We’ve been here for 10 years and don’t worry.”
Raed Nak, manager of the Gold Spot, also next door, said he is concerned that the incident will affect his business.
“Customers will be scared to come here now,” he said.
Despite Monday’s shooting, there is still optimism about the area, said Mary Chalmers, executive director of the Lafayette Square Area Coalition.
“We have a really diverse community, and we’re working really hard to revitalize our area,” Chalmers said. “Crime has dropped. It was never as bad as perceptions. When we see the reports, it’s all pretty minor things.”
For Davis, the risk is just part of his business.
“We know what we’re doing,” said Davis, who has been a gun retailer for about 40 years. “Here’s a man that fired a gun, and within a second, he was dead.”