Female Security Guard Puts Down Active Shooter at Alabama Nightclub

The guard didn’t hesitate to act when she saw a man advancing towards the club with an AK-47. (Photo: WAAy31 Screen Shot)

In what could have been a tragic reenactment of the massacre that took place at an Orlando nightclub in 2016, a security guard in Huntsville, AL, shot and subdued a would-be killer before he could injure anyone at a local nightclub.

“As he tried to go towards the door… that’s where I had to go ahead and put him down,” the guard, who gave her name as Latoya, told local media.

Latoya explained that the suspect, 33-year-old Samuel Demario Williams, had been involved in an argument in the club, and security personnel had escorted him outside. That’s when he grabbed an AK-47 from his car and began firing.

“He started to make moves towards the door he still was firing off shots,” Latoya said.

“I decided that I had to make a choice–to go ahead and stop him from entering the club. I was behind a vehicle… basically just maneuvered around the vehicle as he maneuvered around the other side of it to make sure I was properly concealed and covered,” she added.

The guard shot Williams at least once, in the leg, and then helped treat his wounds.

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“I’m not here to kill anyone,” she said. “I saw one of the entry wounds was on his thigh which can sometimes be a somewhat dangerous place to bleed out. I keep a trauma kit and tourniquet on me as everyone who carries a gun should.”

“Thankfully, he is still alive today,” she added. “One day he is going to have the opportunity to make better choices.”

Williams was released on bond after being charged with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, menacing, and reckless endangerment. He was the only person injured.

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The incident took place at 3208 Club in Huntsville during a New Year’s Eve party. Headlining the event was rapper Boosie BadAzz, who witnessed the incident and urged his fans on Instagram to “learn how to fucking act at my show.”

“Man, I just outside of the club 3208 and it just had a muthafuckin’ shootout in front of the club,” he said. “Shootout in front of the door, shit like the wild, wild, west, man.”

While the national mainstream media can be counted upon for wall-to-wall coverage of successful massacres, no large outlets have picked up this story beyond rap and gun-related publications.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing, and local media reports that authorities are seeking to question two women in relation to the incident, both of whom have been charged with “tampering with physical evidence.”

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Scouse April 10, 2020, 4:45 am

    I was impressed at the cool matter fact way she described the actions she took. She stated the type of firearm he retrieved from his vehicle. When she shot him in the thigh, she knew the potential for killing this nutcase, she was very aware of the location of the femoral artery. He was drunk, she was not.

  • Dell April 13, 2019, 2:37 pm

    Maybe the COPS/SECURITY AT PARKLAND CAN TEACH HER HOW TO DO BETTER NEXT TIME..MAYBE GREAT JOB MISS..thats a FACT thk you.

  • Ejharb February 1, 2019, 9:51 am

    Pretty and dangerous! I like her

  • David January 15, 2019, 11:07 pm

    Glad she was there to handle the situation. Only way extreme left media would have covered this is if it went the other way.

  • Maglide January 15, 2019, 2:22 pm

    Out on bond? Did the 9th Circuit in La La land take over Alabama’s state courts? Also, with clown judges letting him out, I wouldn’t trust the prosecutor to file charges on her with a CJ system like that…. Although she does a great job in the interview, if she were a police officer no way I’d let her make a statement. Too easy to say something out of context and then it’s there forever. I’d have the PIO give a general statement until the facts were in. And, then full backing of the officer. Again, great job by her. Judge that let him out, not so much.

  • Maglide January 15, 2019, 2:16 pm

    Out on bond? Did the 9th Circuit in La La land take over Alabama’s state courts?

  • USMC Retired January 15, 2019, 11:35 am

    For all the comments about what she should or should not have done, consider that this was at a night club on New Years Eve. The idiot with the AK was probably intoxicated and not in full control of his faculties. Shooting him in the leg, whether intentional or accidental, stopped the attack. Where does it say she re-holstered her pistol and turned her back to him? Maybe she had him covered as he fell and knew that he was no longer a threat. Why make a kill shot to a guy who was probably drunk who may not even remember what happened. None of you were there, so stop making idiotic opinionated suggestions on what she should have done. I’ve seen combat veterans who were not as clear thinking under fire.

  • Kenny from The January 14, 2019, 6:43 pm

    Great job, Latoya!!!! Glad you and others are safe. One question. Why is he out on bond?!!!!!! Thinking felon with a gun, why?!!! Most people don’t carry AK-47’s in the trunk of their cars, unless they’re CRIMINALS!!! Why is he out on bond?!!!!!!!! They need to change the laws that let him out on bond, not the gun laws.

  • Ejharb January 12, 2019, 9:21 pm

    Lovely and dangerous to aholes!
    A woman I could fall for

  • e January 12, 2019, 4:16 pm

    ODD!? I didn’t see this on CNN!? Very well handled and very well articulated by this young woman. I want her as my sons school security officer.

  • Chad January 12, 2019, 1:24 am

    The one takeaway from this story ; they let him out on bond where the fuck is the justice system!!!!

    • David Kozmiuk January 13, 2019, 10:48 am

      Amazing, violent felon in possession of a firearm and yeah, out on bond. This system is a joke.

  • lilolady January 11, 2019, 10:27 pm

    Well done, young lady … I’m sharing your story widely, LaToya, because I want the world to know how a real woman responds to an emergency situation. Women all around this nation have taken a huge hit lately, and you have given us hope in a future minus pink lady part hats and pinkie sucking snowflakes. You done real good, and I applaud you. \*o*/. YAY!

  • Wil January 11, 2019, 10:16 pm

    Get your face off the media it’s not helping a damn thing there’s to many gun carriers to shut you down !! Arm the not crazy AND do a lot off back checks ENOUGH OF YOU SOOTH SAYERS ! THE END

  • Mikial January 11, 2019, 7:06 pm

    I can understand and respect her concern about killing someone, but it would have been a far better outcome if she had. He is obviously a psycho and no gun laws in any state are going to prevent him from getting a gun once he’s paroled (and he will be with the Liberal laws we have now) and seeking revenge on the world for whatever his issues are.

  • Just1Spark January 11, 2019, 6:38 pm

    Bravo lady. Bravo!

    Its a shame our legal system is so fucked, that everyones advice is, ‘she shoulda killed him’.

  • Shane January 11, 2019, 5:14 pm

    Here’s an idea: Felon in possession of a firearm with clear intent of said possession=LIFE IN PRISON. I can understand if you’re felon with a non felonious friend and he has a gun in the trunk or on his person, but if a gun is found in your possession and you’re a felon…..Bye Bye

  • James January 11, 2019, 4:42 pm

    To all the know it alls wjth 2 first names or some other silly ass names SHUT THE HELL UP!We have a beautiful,articulate and trained individual who did her job and saved a lot of lives and all you do is criticize,
    She actually helped save this guy after shooting him which is what a true professional does,something none of you know it alls has a clue about!Got the feeling if you had been put in the same situation you would have hid under the car sqeeling like a little child.You should shoot to kill is what a idiot says because that puts YOU in jail in todays world.This women had the abilty to think under fire and protect others and all you morons do is criticize her,go get some training if you are capable of actually holding a weapon.

  • Robert Webley January 11, 2019, 4:26 pm

    And another important point, dead men can’t lie it court about what they did

  • Lenny F January 11, 2019, 2:37 pm

    You don’t draw a gun unless you intend to use it. When you choose to use it, you must shoot to kill. One bullet to the leg that will leave a man conscious is not good enough. If he could still move, he would still be dangerous. There is no need to take chances. This guy was/is a menace to society. There is only one cure.

  • Matt January 11, 2019, 1:47 pm

    Its real easy to Monday morning quarter back this lady. She did damn good. Sure center mass is preferred but nobody on this forum was there and maybe she took a well placed shot at what body part was presented. A person can bleed out from a femoral artery shot almost as fast as a lung shot and a lot faster than a gut shot. The article clearly states there was a vehicle between them. Also, she took cover first which was the smart move for anyone if you have the opportunity and want to be effective. I think too many of these “arm chair experts” have some idea of themselves as a hollywood Rambo. We, the gun community, should never start off trashing one of our own for doing what we hope we would be able to do if ever put in this situation.

  • J Davis January 11, 2019, 1:04 pm

    WOW ! Why didn’t all the gun laws stop this ? Lol . After his free medical visit im sure he called his mom on his OBAMA phone . And his court appointed attorney got him out on BAIL. So lets see …..I paid for his medical , his phone AND his attorney ? OK I feel safe NOW . Yep more gun laws will stop this cause EVERYTHING he did was ALREADY legal .

  • alex January 11, 2019, 12:49 pm

    wait,this guy was a felon,he’s not supposed to have a gun,right?

    • carlo January 11, 2019, 3:23 pm

      you mean a FELON with a gun who intended to shoot who knows how many with a high power rifle got bail ? jeff Sessions must be back. Unbelievable.

  • Blah January 11, 2019, 11:29 am

    Ill just come out and say this. She is just plain lucky that she is not dead. You dont maim a maniac with a weapon like that. You shoot to kill. 1) because of our legal system youll be lucky if he doesnt come back sue the tits off of you.
    2) only reason shes not dead is because the gunman, for whatever reason, decided not to continue his rampage. It not like he qas immediately incapacitated by a round to the thigh.
    Again just cery lucky. Im sure she or her establishment will end up payin for his medical expenses at the least

    • Jeff January 11, 2019, 2:01 pm

      Blah: You NEVER shoot to kill, you shoot to stop the threat. I seriously doubt she intended to “maim” the suspect, as you put it. She shot to stop the threat and that’s exactly what she did. I highly doubt she intended to to shoot the suspect in the leg. She likely adhered to her training and aimed center mass. One round missed the suspect completely and the other round hit him in the thigh. Not everyone is a crack shot, especially under a real life threat that is shooting back at you. A real life gunfight is not like going to the range in your pajamas and shooting paper targets while you drink your coffee.

  • Robert January 11, 2019, 11:27 am

    I don’t want to diss this young lady but aiming for a leg under the conditions described was in my view dangerous. The likelihood of hitting the leg was less than 50% under those conditions. That was a 2 to the chest situation.

    • Jeff January 11, 2019, 2:05 pm

      She didn’t “aim” for the leg, that just happens to be where her round landed. Just like she didn’t try to miss the suspect with her first shot. A real life gunfight is a lot different than shooting paper targets or playing Call of Duty on your gaming console… Not everyone is Kris Kyle, sniper extraordinaire.

  • Ziggy January 11, 2019, 10:48 am

    I am very impressed with LaToya’s actions in this event. In many ways she is a good example for all legally armed folks to follow. However, I can’t help noting that if you are going up against an AK-47 with a pistol, you need to be able to shoot better. I am glad for all concerned that the perp gave up after being hit in the leg. I’m not saying I could do any better in such a situation, but there it is.

    • Maglide January 15, 2019, 2:29 pm

      Ziggy, I’m just gonna say it…You’ve never been shot at in anger, nor have you had any law enforcement or military training. If you did, please do NOT list the agency.

  • GaryGary January 11, 2019, 10:40 am

    Would be mass murder released on bond ? You gotta be kidding me ?

    • I Love Liberty January 11, 2019, 1:31 pm

      This is what I was thinking too. Why release a psycho that was trying to go into a building with a semi automatic rifle to murder people?

  • Steve January 11, 2019, 10:33 am

    Two shots to center of mass.
    The way Texas train Security Officers.

    • Maglide January 15, 2019, 2:34 pm

      What if the center mass was the leg and from cover that’s all she had? Do you wait for his torso to re-appear once it’s through the door, and he’s now killing people? “Gee boss, I never had a enter mass shot.” What if he’s wearing a vest, or not, and two shots doesn’t stop him?? Does the Texas Security manual allow a third? What if she missed and hit his leg, like probably happened during a fire fight.

      Go to a simulator, and see if every shot you register is “center mass”. Looks like time to pull out those Texas security training manuals for a some realistic updating…..

  • Andrew Dawson January 11, 2019, 9:43 am

    Shooter was released on bond?!? Wtf!!

  • Hubcap January 11, 2019, 9:05 am

    Pretty lady, did good. She had some good training.

    • GaryGary January 11, 2019, 10:45 am

      Her training didn’t make her a good shot ? She only wounded a wanna be mass murder, why ?

      • Jeff January 11, 2019, 2:05 pm

        Gary, have you ever been in a real life gunfight? Obviously not, otherwise you wouldn’t make such a stupid and uninformed comment.

  • Greg Webb January 11, 2019, 8:59 am

    Government is ultimately the real problem because they frequently have another agenda that doesn’t include protecting the public. This guy should never have gotten out of jail.

  • Tom Hart January 11, 2019, 8:33 am

    She handled this situation like a pro, nice job.
    Dirt bag will be back making trouble for sure somewhere. Is wonderful they set the bail so low as to allow him to continue to contribute to his community…

  • gatorslayer January 11, 2019, 8:23 am

    Latoya is articulate, beautiful, and cool under fire. I don’t understand how the perp, a felon prohibited from possessing a firearm, obviously a danger to society, is free on bond.

  • Dr Motown January 11, 2019, 8:22 am

    Maybe Boosie BadAZZ can post detailed instructions about how his fans should “fucking act” at a gangsta rap concert..I’m sure they’ll comply. Loved everything this young lady did except she was a little too apologetic toward the douche who could’ve killed her too

  • Mr. Sparkles January 11, 2019, 8:22 am

    Thank you Latoya for handling this situation well.

    I am not surprised that the main stream left leaning media did NOT cover this as it does not support their agenda.

    I am surprised that the punk was released and more so that the charges did not include more serious ones.

  • Curt January 11, 2019, 7:24 am

    Can you imagine if the Liberals ever got their way and disarmed everyone what the results of that event would have been? It’s only people who diss respect the law who would’ve had that gun and killed everyone at the club. This is yet another reason why there should be a national reciprocity of licenses to carry a gun lawfully.
    Liberals only want to disarm us so that they can lord over us instead of govern… that will never happen in this country. We have to stay vigilant and vote every liberal Democrats out of office. Wake up America!

  • Link Lackluster January 11, 2019, 7:23 am

    Sounds like another native uprising in the Weebee nation. Shot him in the leg? The shooter will be back. Someplace. Sometime.

  • R. Boucher January 11, 2019, 6:54 am

    “Released on bond and charged with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle”, ?????? No weapons charges, endangering, possible illegal weapon, public intoxication and use of a weapon while intoxicated……..released, seriously. Idiots like this give us responsible owners a bad name.

  • Stan tallbut January 11, 2019, 5:56 am

    Thakyou

  • Gary January 11, 2019, 5:34 am

    Well done young lady! Cool thinking, combined with common sense may have saved many lives.
    Go forth and save others!
    Thank you!

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