Ex-pro wrestler Manny Resto is in the news for something worthy of celebration. According to reports, he prevented a mass shooting at a Tampa strip club by disarming a gunman named Michael Rudman from firing into the crowd. This mass shooting stuff is crazy and it’s time security measures are put in place to stop it.
The details via the New York Post;
A brave security guard likely thwarted a mass shooting when he intercepted a deranged gunman wearing a devil mask who was trying to enter a packed Tampa strip club early Sunday morning.
Manny Resto — a former professional wrestler-turned-doorman — intercepted Michael Rudman, 44, as he tried to force his way into the Mons Venus with a 9mm pistol at about 1:15 a.m., according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
“I saw him raise his hand his hand, and he had a gun,” Resto, 55, said during a press conference afterward. “I saw him point it towards the door, and I decided that he was not going to enter the club and hurt anybody.”
Resto, who was once known by the ring name of the “Puerto Rican Punisher,” sprang for the gun and sparked a full-on brawl with the masked Rudman that was captured on the club’s security cameras.
Resto knocked the gun away as the two battled, then picked it up and held Rudman at gunpoint as another bouncer, Danny Baham, helped subdue him, the video showed.
“We’re all thankful for their heroism,” Interim Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw said at a press conference in which he was flanked by Resto and Baham. “I have no doubt that had they not stepped in, many lives would have been lost.”
The gun went off once during the minute-long struggle, Bercaw said. But the round only hit the club’s door.
There were about 200 people inside the club during the confrontation. But no one was hurt, he said.
Cops found two more loaded magazines in Rudman’s pocket, Bercaw said. In his truck, they found nine knives, two holsters and loose ammunition.
Rudman’s past criminal record included charges of domestic violence, battery, reckless driving and DUI, the chief said. He also had an active risk protection order due to his mental state.
Here is a video of the incident.
GUNMAN STOPPED AT MONS VENUS: Tampa police say a group of security guards stopped a gunman in a devil mask who tried to force his way into the Mons Venus gentleman's club. Read the full story: https://t.co/okM8Hl2fBR pic.twitter.com/rZXQcbzFEj
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