NYT Interviews Hero Who Took Down Club Q Shooter

The New York Times reports:

Richard M. Fierro said he was at a table in Club Q with his wife, daughter and friends on Saturday, watching a drag show, when the sudden flash of gunfire ripped across the nightclub. His instincts from four combat deployments as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan instantly kicked in. Fight back, he told himself. Mr. Fierro said he raced across the room, grabbed the gunman by a handle on the back of his body armor, pulled him to the floor and jumped on top of him.

“I grabbed the gun out of his hand and just started hitting him in the head, over and over,” Mr. Fierro said. As the fight continued, he said, he yelled for other club patrons to help him. A man grabbed the rifle and moved it away to safety. A drag dancer stomped on the gunman with her high heels. The whole time, Mr. Fierro said, he kept pummeling the shooter’s head while the two men screamed obscenities at each other.

Read the full article. It’s quite an account. Fierro says that he feared that he’d killed the gunman. And now we know why he’s is still hospitalized.