A quick-thinking hero with a gun bravely stepped in to stop what could have been a grisly double homicide at a busy intersection in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday.
A gunfight started when a man allegedly intentionally crashed his car into another vehicle being driven by his estranged wife and daughter. Xiao Gong was taking her daughter to the airport when the incident unfolded, KRQE-TV reported.
Police said that the suspect, Quian Ming, 66, got out of his car after the crash and starting shooting at his wife’s truck, hitting his daughter in the shoulder. That’s when a good samaritan who saw it all unfolding jumped right into action.
“Once he started walking up, he saw that there was a male violently pistol-whipping a female in the street,” Albuquerque Oficer Simon Drobik told KRQE-TV. “He got out of his vehicle and had his firearm on him and told that male to stop.”
The situation quickly escalated, though, with Ming allegedly pointing the gun at the unnamed hero; that hero — an Uber driver and a 12-year veteran of the National Guard — responded by shooting and killing Ming.
As it turns out, Xiao Gong, who went to the hospital after the incident, praised the quick-thinking good samaritan, telling the cops, “He saved our lives.” Police agree, with Drobik saying” that it was a “good thing he took that type of action.”
The cop said that, in his experience, this situation could have ended quite differently.
“To say the least, this guy prevented possibly a double homicide. That’s what we could have on our hands tonight,” Drobik told the Albuquerque Journal. “In my 19 years of experience, I would say that those two females would have been dead if he hadn’t stepped in and took action.”