Patrons at a Florida bar were praised for their bravery after accosting a man who held a gun to a woman’s head and opened fire when she got angry about her missing car keys, authorities said.
Connor Anderson had been inside Smiles Nite Club in Palm Coast with a woman Sunday night when witnesses said he couldn’t find her car keys and “became upset,” according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Anderson left the bar and returned with a firearm, put the woman in a headlock and put the gun to her head, deputies said.
Patrons intervened and attempted to disarm Anderson as he fired the gun approximately six times at various patrons inside the bar, according to authorities. The patrons were able to take down Anderson before he fled the bar.
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Responding officers said they found Anderson in a nearby parking lot still armed with a Glock 9mm pistol. He was taken into custody without incident and arrested.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
“It’s amazing that this filthy guy hasn’t killed or seriously injured anyone during his moment of rage over something as small as his car keys,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Violence is never the answer and alcohol and guns never mix well.”
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Staly praised the customers who intervened, saying “putting yourself in harm’s way in this case saved a lot of lives.”
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Anderson was charged with six counts of firing or launching deadly missiles, three counts of aggravated assault, battery, use of a firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, and improper display of dangerous weapons or firearms.
He is being held at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Center on $542,000 bond.