Surveillance footage shows a group of hostages ganging up on their armed captor at an Arizona convenience store, smashing a crate into him and hitting him with shoes
- A group of hostages overtook the gunman holding them captive in an Arizona convenience store, wrestling his gun away, hitting him with objects, and kicking him into submission, a new video shows.
- The incident happened in May 2018, but Maricopa County authorities only released the video this week.
- SWAT officers eventually shot the gunman. He survived and faces charges for murder, kidnapping, and aggravated assault.
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A group of hostages in an Arizona convenience store overtook the gunman holding them captive, and wrestled the weapon away from him until tactical teams arrived, newly released surveillance footage shows.
The incident happened on May 9, 2018, but the Maricopa County Attorney's Office only released the video on Wednesday after ruling that an officer who shot the gunman was justified, according to ABC 15 Arizona.
The video shows that the altercation occurred shortly after the gunman entered the Circle K and shot one victim, 24-year-old Efren Hernandez, to death. Eight other victims were left trapped in the store with the gunman.
"He said, 'This is not a game, this is not a joke. I don't want no money, I don't want no beer, I came here to die,'" one of the victims told police in a recorded interview released to KTVK 3TV.
When the gunman turned the weapon on the other hostages, it appeared to malfunction, and one of the hostages attacked. He can be seen on the footage tackling the gunman and wrestling him to the ground.
"I'm not going to lie, I put the gun to his stomach and I tried to pull the trigger," the hostage told police in another recorded interview. "It was my only instinct to get myself out of the situation."
But that's when the other seven hostages joined in. One woman hauled over a large red crate she smashed repeatedly against the gunman's legs, and another woman whipped off her black Nike shoe and began hitting him with it.
All of the hostages could be seen kicking the gunman as he lay on the ground, before escaping the store and pushing past the donut case he'd barricaded the door with.
SWAT teams eventually arrived and attempted negotiating with him. An officer eventually shot him, injuring him.
The gunman, 53-year-old Joel McClain Carson, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary, nine counts of kidnapping, and eight counts of aggravated assault, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty to the charges last year, but the case has not yet gone to trial.
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