A legal concealed carrier in Treme, Louisiana is being credited with stopping a mass shooting in which four people were shot by the suspect at an area gas station.
According to a NOPD press release:
Around 3:24 p.m., NOPD First District Officers responded to a shooting with multiple victims. Upon arrival, officers learned four males had been struck by gunfire after an apparent argument at the location.
Based on the initial investigation, detectives learned that a group of individuals were driving ATVs and had arrived at the location to get gas. At that time, a man driving a white Volvo, later identified as Richard Macklin, pulled up to the gas station where he and the group began to argue. Macklin then pulled out a weapon and fired several shots at the group, striking three males ages 30, 31 and 32. One of the victims then pulled out a weapon and returned fire, striking Macklin in the head. All four of the individuals who were shot were brought to the hospital where they are recovering from what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Macklin was the aggressor in the incident. He will be booked once he is released from the hospital. The other individual who returned fire will not be booked in the shooting. At this time, detectives believe it was an act of self-defense. He was also carrying a legal weapon, that was registered to him and that he had a concealed carry permit to carry.
Macklin, faces three counts of Aggravated Battery by Shooting and one count of Illegal Discharge of a Weapon for his involvement in the incident.