Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Who Says Size Matters?

A quick update on the Uptown Tavern shooting in Manchester, previously blogged here.

At least nine bullets were fired in a shootout Saturday morning at a downtown bar that ended with the gunman who allegedly instigated the shooting hospitalized after he was shot twice by another customer.

About 50 people were inside the Uptown Tavern, 1301 Elm St., at 12:45 a.m. Saturday when the shooting happened, sending customers diving to the floor for cover.

Police said Eliezer Encarnacion, 26, of 214 Bremer St., Apt. 2, fired a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun about a half-dozen times at two bouncers and the assistant manager standing in a rear doorway.

Customer Kenneth Gage then pulled out his Kel Tec .380 semiautomatic handgun and fired it three times, hitting Encarnacion twice, according to court records.

Police did not release Gage's age or address. He told police he pulled out his gun and fired it after Encarnacion shot at the bouncers and at him.

The last thing anyone should be doing here is playing Monday morning quarterback, critiquing Mr. Gage's marksmanship - even if done so in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. Landing two hits out of three shots fired, under extreme stress, while ducking .45-caliber handgun fire.

Both bad guys apprehended.

No innocents harmed.

And, with a .380 pocket gun.

Bravo, sir. Well done!

It would be nice to see this "good gun" story, that unfolded in a "guns-allowed zone", getting 1/1,000th the national news coverage as yesterday's "bad gun" story. But, I realize that's wishful thinking of epic proportion on my part.