Shoppers drawing their firearms to help stop a more aggressive 2nd amendment rights enthusiast did not. Shoppers report panic, while the local police suggest the investigation was slowed up to 5hrs.
If one draws a weapon, they become a suspect and create more work for the boys in blue.
Via the Denver Post:
When a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in Thornton Wednesday night, shoppers screamed and ran for cover — and others pulled out their own handguns.
But those who drew weapons during the shootings ultimately delayed the investigation as authorities pored over surveillance videotape trying to identify the assailant who killed three people, police said Thursday.
Although authorities said "a few" individuals drew handguns, they posed no physical hazard to officers. But their presence "absolutely" slowed the process of determining who, and how many, suspects were involved in the shootings, said Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila.