Patrons Tackle Gunman Outside California Bar: Police


The suspect reportedly fired one round in the air.

Customers at a Southern California bar tackled an armed man who tried to hold them up outside the venue early Saturday morning, according to police. 

A 22-year-old man allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at patrons who were in the parking lot of the Red Eye Saloon in Fallbrook around 2 a.m. Saturday, police said. 

The suspect demanded their wallets and phones, and fired a shot into the air, according to police.

But the bar patrons fought back, tackling the gunman to the ground and holding him down until police arrived, according to San Diego Union Tribune

At the scene, authorities found a loaded 9mm pistol and the bullet casing of the shot fired. Deputies also discovered two other loaded 10-round magazines in his pocket, according to officials.

The suspect was arrested on numerous charges and booked into a nearby jail.