Florida police are thanking several strip club security guards for preventing a potential mass shooting after they blocked a man with a loaded gun wearing a devil mask from entering the club.
In dramatic surveillance video released by the Tampa Police Department, 44-year-old Michael Rudman can be seen wearing a red and black devil mask and words “kill” and “darkk one” were on his arms.
He allegedly walked toward the entrance of the venue with a firearm in one hand and a flashlight in the other, police said.
Rudman arrived at the club at approximately 1:15 a.m. on March 19 in a silver pickup truck. 55-year-old security guard Manuel “Manny” Anthony Resto spotted Rudman and thought it was a prank, telling police and reporters:
“It’s not Halloween. Maybe it’s some type of trick or gag. I’ve worked security for 30 years. I know a lot of bouncers. I thought it was one of my friends playing a trick on me, and he didn’t say a word… And I was waiting for the punch line. Then all of a sudden he came right up to me, and he was a very big man. Very big. I saw him raise his hand and he had a gun.”
Resto moved to stop Rudman once he spotted the gun. He knocked the weapon out of Rudman’s hand and tackled him to the ground, before grabbing the gun and pointing it at Rudman. He told Fox 13 the following:
“I concentrated on the gun and I grabbed his gun hand and his wrists with both hands, and I turned it towards him. And then we started, you know, banging. What I wanted to do was get him on the ground and get the gun away from him. That was what I was trying to do when it happened.”
Police confirmed a single round from Rudman’s gun was fired during the struggle, striking the front door of the club. Thankfully, no one was struck by the bullet.
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