David George, a pastor in Oakville, Washington, said Wednesday that he fatally shot a gunman in a Walmart parking lot, he acted to “protect [his] family and others from the shooter, and his view of the obvious deadly intent.”
The armed pastor who fatally shot a carjacker after he opened fire at a Walmart in Washington state at the weekend spoke on Wednesday about the need to protect his family.
David George, who initially wanted to remain anonymous to maintain the “dignity and integrity” of the Oakville Assembly of God, where he serves as pastor, came to the fore after being acquitted of breach, KOMO reported.
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George, 47, shot Tim Day, 44, in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater on Sunday after a Day of shots in the shop.
Tim Day, 44, was fatally shot by David George in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, Washington, on Sunday.
(Washington Department of Corrections)
In a press conference Wednesday, George, a concealed carry permit-holder “with a significant training in the use of firearms,” said he was inside at the check-out line when he heard gunshots near the back of the store.
He said that “in view of the mine and the safety of the public in the setting of this large shop,” active shooter training kicked in, and he knew how to respond.
George and his family tried to exit the building and said that he did not draw his gun until he was outside. Day, according to the man, “came past me, waving and pointing his gun and left the building.”
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Together with other armed citizen, George followed the shooter, “be careful,” unaware of what his next move was.
“The shooter tried to get a car and if he fails, move to another shouting at the driver,” said George. “He shot twice into the driver’s side of the vehicle. If the driver does not or can not respond to his threats, he began to travel in the direction that I thought it was my family.”
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It was at that point, George said that he was “left cover and moved to intercept the gunman.” When the Day threatened someone to try to steal their car, he made sure that he had “a safe shot at the shooter.”
He fired at the Day when he was in the car, and after a shot, he fell off of the vehicle.
George said that his actions on Sunday was the “protect my family and others from the shooter, and his view of the obvious deadly intent. This is consistent with both my training as one of the emergency services and the calling of a pastor, husband, father, and grandfather.”
Day, KOMO reported Tuesday, was a convicted felon who was not allowed to have a gun. The man, who has allegedly stolen his fiancée’s gun before embarking on his violent rampage.
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