Walmart Shopper Tried to Fight Back Against El Paso Killer, Regrets Not Having Gun

Christopher Grant tried to stop the El Paso shooter. Unfortunately, his mother had left her concealed-carry weapon at home.

One survivor of the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, last weekend didn’t stand by — he actively tried to interfere with the shooter.

Christopher Grant was shopping with his mother when the shooting began. His first thought was to cover his mother and get her Smith and Wesson .38 Special, which she normally carries.

“My mom, she’s a gun-wielding grandma — she carries a snub-nose Smith & Wesson .38 Special with a built-in scope in it everywhere she goes.”

Unfortunately, the “gun-wielding grandma” had decided not to bring it with her to Walmart that day, Grant told CNN’s Julio Rosas.

“I saw him standing in the parking lot and I saw him popping people off. I was inside the produce department, which is right by the front door and I saw him popping people off and I was like, ya know, ‘This is crazy!’ So, to deter him, I started just chucking bottles, I just started throwing bottles, random bottles at him.”

His distraction effectively attracted the shooter’s attention, and Grant ended up getting shot in the back. Thankfully, he was evacuated by another shopper.

“There was Donna, my guardian angel, and she’s a federal agent,” explained Grant. Donna is an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who incidentally had also left her sidearm at home that day.

“She said the same thing my mom said, ‘I’m going to Walmart, I don’t need my firearm.’ …She’ll be a friend for life because I honestly think she saved my life,” he added.

Notably, in the video CNN published on their YouTube page, they omitted the section about him asking his mother for her gun.

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Historically, private citizens have stopped as many as 11.5 percent of active shooter situations. GunsAmerica has reported in the past about these statistics being skewed to downplay the positive effect of responsible concealed carriers.

Accurate statistics could significantly impact the public’s opinion about gun-control laws showing that not only do criminals not obey those laws, but the carrying public that does can make a powerful dent in criminal activity.

We can only guess how differently things may have gone if Grant’s mother or the CBP agent had had their guns that day.

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  • Zig August 17, 2019, 11:36 am

    At the risk of being a Monday morning quarterback, a few points:
    If you need to carry a gun sometimes, you need to carry all the time.
    Don’t depend on your mom to carry a gun for you.
    A snub-nosed 38 with a built in scope? WTF

    And I hate to be this guy but gun owners need mandatory training, in English; like how to use the words there, their, and they’re; also the words to, two, and too; your and you’re.

  • Edward August 17, 2019, 7:09 am

    AS we were taught in the military…………complacency kills.

  • Leonard Feinman August 16, 2019, 11:48 pm

    There was a massacre in Texas at a place called Luby’s Cafeteria almost 30 years ago. Two dozen people were killed, and Congress held hearings. A young woman testified that she and her family went to church that morning, then to Luby’s.
    She testified that because she was going to church, she left her gun in her car. She watched as people around her died. Family included. She was helpless, but the gunman heard the police coming and engaged them before killing himself.
    We know some people misuse firearms, but they are the minority. Most of us are law-abiding citizens who should not be punished or lose our Second Amendment Rights because a nutcase acted out.
    As long as we own guns, there will be some who misuse them. Tragedies will happen, but without a weapon, there would be genocides.
    Wherever we go unarmed, we risk our lives needlessly.

  • Son_of_Liberty August 16, 2019, 7:58 pm

    I still find it hard to believe that a WALMART in TEXAS was completely void of all concealed/open carriers, vets, and off duty cops that day.

    • Ricky B. August 19, 2019, 5:47 pm

      I had a similar thought… Walmart sells both guns and ammo, right? If I was the store manager at that Walmart on that day and I didn’t have my own weapon with me, my first thought at the sound of gunfire would be rush to the sporting goods section and use the store’s own inventory to engage whoever had decided to threaten the lives of both my customers and employees. I can’t imagine Walmart would have any problem with one of their managers using their store inventory to address an emergency like this and if they did, I wouldn’t want to work for them anymore anyway.

  • ~ Occams August 16, 2019, 10:38 am

    But against WHICH shooter did he try to stop!?

    Over 100 WITNESSES describe “3 or 4 men, dressed in all black, firing”?

    So just like Parkland? Just like Aurora? Like the nightclub in Paris? Like the 7.62 belt-fed used in ‘Vegas, while 5.56’s were shooting into the lobbies of other hotels?

    Wakey, wakey, gang. These are staged events. They’re coming for YOUR guns, and they WILL get them because you accept these planned events all too willingly, listening to your nothing-but-lies MSM.


    • ~ Occams August 16, 2019, 11:27 am

      I rest my case….. wakey wakey. Or continue to praise ‘the thin blue line’

      ‘Philly Cops caught red handed spraying FAKE BLOOD on each other at Shooting Hoax!!’

      :14 seconds of another fraud exposure

      Come on, people. Wake up. This is STAGED TO TAKE YOUR 2nd FROM YOU. I CANNOT make this ANY more plain.

      • Scotty Gunn August 18, 2019, 12:35 pm

        Stop it already. You can see the blood on the ground.

    • Winston August 17, 2019, 12:22 am

      Agreed. CNN is nothing but our pedophile Establishment’s propaganda and lies.

  • David Thomas August 16, 2019, 10:25 am

    I don’t understand anyone, especially law enforcement, deciding to and purposely, leaving their gun at home when going ANYWHERE these days, especially Walmart. WTF? I’m carrying, 99% of the time, when I’m away from home. I don’t trust that some idiot will not shoot up any place. This is not the tone for complacency.

    • John Bibb August 16, 2019, 9:10 pm

      HI DT–the El Paso Walmarts have the required 30.06 and 30.07 warning signs on the doors stating that carrying your concealed or open carry pistol into the store is a violation of state law. With a 10 year penalty and big fine. You’re doomed if you do and get caught, and you’re doomed if you don’t and the shooter is in the store at the time. There are armed cops in them now–after the fact.
      Too bad that Gun “Free” Zones–often aren’t! They should be renamed Defenseless Victim Zones instead.
      John Bibb

  • RICK August 16, 2019, 8:42 am

    What? No libtards disputing the fact that if someone HAD brought they’re gun the lives lost could have been much less?

    • ron August 16, 2019, 9:20 am

      Who are these idiots, including law enforcement people, leaving their gun at home?!?! Aren’t they REQUIRED to be armed at all times?!

      And this is Texas! Texas is supposedly one of the most gun-friendly states in the Union. And NO ONE at a packed Walmart, of all places had a gun except the murderous criminal!!

      • oldfuzz695 August 16, 2019, 3:27 pm

        Get this. In 1992 we vacationed in NYC and I called beforehand, as I was active law enforcement in the South, about being allowed to carry. the answer was NO, but you can carry a knife. LOL
        The police were required to leave their uniforms and sidearms at the precinct after their watch.
        A fact: only the thugs have guns in NYC.

      • Winston August 16, 2019, 5:19 pm

        It’s a hoax. Notice that two black males are now being labeled heroes in this event; interracial couple shielded their baby; stories of emotionally triggering heroics plastered on cable news a mere 12 hours after the event, but there is NO cell phone video yet again of anything.In TX, NO ONE in a Wal Mart had a CCW on them? Really? Please wake up.

  • Chuck August 16, 2019, 5:41 am

    Thank you for your efforts at Walmart, Mr. Grant! I pray for a quick and full recovery from your wounds!

    • Winston August 16, 2019, 5:14 pm

      CNN interviewed an actor not a shooting victim. Wake up.

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