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West Virginia: Legally-Armed Woman Saves Lives By Shooting Would-be Mass Shooter

West Virginia: Legally-Armed Woman Saves Lives By Shooting Would-be Mass Shooter

“Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night”

A good guy with a gun, in this case a woman, saved lives in West Virginia when she shot and fatally wounded 37-year-old Dennis Butler at a party taking place outside an apartment complex.  Butler was reportedly randomly firing his rifle at the attendees, miraculously not actually hitting anyone, when he was gunned down by the heroic woman who was legally carrying.

While the media did cover the story, it didn’t get much attention because it does not fit the leftist narrative. ‘Legal gun owner shoots and kills would-be black mass shooter’ is not the type of headline they prefer. Therefore, it didn’t get 24/7 coverage from the leftist infotainment sector nor the usual reams of op-eds and propaganda appearances  intended to spark widespread outrage, rioting, burning, looting, and murder.

Fox News reports:

A woman in West Virginia fatally shot a man Wednesday night who had begun firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of dozens.

Charleston Police identified the man as 37-year-old Dennis Butler.

The people were attending a birthday and graduation party outside a Renaissance Circle apartment complex.

. . . . He left but later returned and parked in front of the complex before shooting.

The woman was attending the West Virginia party. She drew a pistol and fired on Butler.

No one attending the party was injured.

Fox4 has more:

Charleston Police say that a woman’s actions on Wednesday night may have prevented a mass casualty event.

According to CPD around 10:45 on Wednesday night officers arrived outside of the Renaissance Circle apartment complex for a report of a shooting. When police got there, they found the gunshot victim, 37-year-old Dennis Butler of Charleston, with multiple gunshot wounds. Butler later died.

Police say they discovered that earlier that night, Butler was approached about speeding in the apartment complex while children were playing. Police say Butler then left the complex and returned a short time later when he parked his vehicle in front of the apartment, pulled out an AR-15 style rifle and started firing at people attending a party.

Police say a bystander attending the party quickly pulled out her pistol and fired at Butler, fatally injuring him.

. . . . “Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” said Lieutenant Tony Hazelett. “She was lawfully carrying a firearm and stopped a threat. There was a graduation party and a party with kids so obviously someone just graduated high school and we could have had a casualty shooting.”

Charleston Police say several witnesses and the person who fired the gun waited on police to get there and fully cooperated with the investigation.

The report continues that no charges have been filed but the matter is still under investigation. Based on what is known at this time, it sounds like this as yet unidentified woman deserves a medal.


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The Gentle Grizzly | May 29, 2022 at 5:06 pm

West Virginia: nice shooting, ma’am.

CA,NY,MA: Was he a threat to you, personally? Did he actually hit anyone or was he just messing around? We are confiscating your firearm and taking you in for questioning….

Perp died of “multiple gunshot wounds”. Sounds like someone has been trained well.

I’m betting she didn’t hold her handgun sideways like a hoodie either.

Colonel Travis | May 29, 2022 at 5:17 pm

Forbidding teachers to be armed is reprehensible.

To the heroic lady: Bravo Zulu!

RandomCrank | May 29, 2022 at 5:56 pm

Obviously the woman is a racist. Why did she think she had the right to stop a black man from committing mass murder? More analysis at MSNBC.

    My guess is that she is black, too. I hope so, anyway. 😛

      lichau in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

      If she wasn’t black, we would know.

      Historical fact: The origin of gun control in this country was because we didn’t want free slaves to be armed. I can understand the trepidation, but this is Exhibit A of a “slippery slope”.

      IMO, a lot of the more brutal aspects of pre-Civil War treatment of blacks in the South was the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804. The slave owning class in the US were, rightfully, scared nearly to death. They could have moved to improve conditions, free slaves, etc. Instead, they chose to crack down. The Patrollers, etc. The former was the correct move, the latter unfortunately the pretty much universal reaction of a ruling class.

        alaskabob in reply to lichau. | May 29, 2022 at 7:24 pm

        Chief Justice Taney (Dem..Maryland) was opposed to making freed slaves US citizens because they would have ..specifically… 2A rights.

        In part, the NRA was formed in part for arming the freed Blacks.

        Kamala Harris will be the Queen of Gun Control…. er… “Safety”… as the way to finally elevate her from below Biden’s Delaware basement. I expect GOPe RINOs to go dreamy eyes on this. Let the lies begin to flow.

        coyote in reply to lichau. | May 30, 2022 at 9:00 am

        A lot of history in the late John Ross’ book, Unintended Consequences. He traces the birth of ATF to the end of Prohibition: all the federal agents needed jobs. ATF was the answer.

        If you can’t find the book, you can download a free pdf.

        Temujin in reply to lichau. | May 30, 2022 at 9:21 am

        That is likely the reason for the lack of coverage by the mass media.

        M Poppins in reply to lichau. | May 30, 2022 at 11:44 am

        it’s more accurately called The St-Domingue Uprising, since there was no such country as Haiti when the slave revolt occurred. As to “improving conditions”, slaves don’t revolt because they want improved conditions – they revolt because they don’t want to be slaves.

          Pepsi_Freak in reply to M Poppins. | May 30, 2022 at 3:43 pm

          Certainly the slaves revolted because they didn’t want to be slaves, but the conditions the slaves were subjected to that gave rise to the St. Domingue Uprising were particular brutal and gratuitous. It was almost as though the slave masters were trying to provoke a revolt.

        Kepha H in reply to lichau. | May 30, 2022 at 6:59 pm

        If the authorities determine that the woman committed a justifiable homicide (defense of neighbors and self), wouldn’t they keep her identity confidential?

TheOldZombie | May 29, 2022 at 6:02 pm

Good job. Also prefect backdrop to the Texas tragedy because no one on the left even pretends they saw this news story.

She did a better job than those cops but is being ignored because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

    Peabody in reply to TheOldZombie. | May 30, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    The Uvalde Police Chief made a statement that he was proud of his police officers because none of them got shot or wounded. (This is not sarcasm).

    Peabody in reply to TheOldZombie. | May 30, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Forbes just released their top ten list of the safest jobs in America. The number 1 safest job is being a police officer in Uvalde, Tx.

angrywebmaster | May 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

I took a coworker to the range the other day. He had never handled a firearm and was curious since he is considering getting one.

Once he got settled in, (I Barney Fife’d him and gave him one round for familiarization. Once he understood the recoil, I gradually increased his ammunition load in the standard capacity magazines), he had a great time and learned quite a few things. I repeatedly said “Get training, lots of training.”

Oh, he happens to be African-American. In this case he is a real African-American. He’s from Nigeria and is a naturalized citizen. (2 thumbs up, palm slap and fist bump)

    It always amazes me how the left always projects their own fears onto us. They are the ones afraid of an armed citizenry . . . and with good reason.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 29, 2022 at 10:27 pm

      They also accuse others of using their tactics, and they are bald faced liars whose noses grew to the pint they were pocking their backsides.

    M Poppins in reply to angrywebmaster. | May 30, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Glad that you & he had a productive session – but I dispute that he’s “African-American”, just as I would dispute that someone who came here from Ireland a few years ago was “Irish-American”. Both those terms have specific reference to history and to communities and their cultures: African-Americans are the descendants of the Negro slaves brought here from various parts of West Africa; your friend as a Nigerian, has no history of that enslavement, and the subsequent decades of segregation and discrimination that have shaped the American Negro experience (not to mention the great music that they created here). And he’s not a generic “African” – he’s Nigerian.
    The major portion of Irish immigration to the US occurred during the Potato Famine; someone arriving here from Ireland has little in common with the society of working class cop & firemen that many of those immigrants became. Nor does their having red hair and freckles and the surname O’Reilly (or my own) anything like the experience of growing up speaking Gaelic in Galway.,

      tom_swift in reply to M Poppins. | May 30, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      African-Americans are the descendants of the Negro slaves brought here from various parts of West Africa

      They are? From whence comes this factoid?

      Peabody in reply to M Poppins. | May 30, 2022 at 4:27 pm

      Some chimney sweeps, such as Bert, were mistaken for slaves. Later when it was found that Bert’s appearance was due to soot from chim-chimneys, he was so swept away by black face allegations that he decided he wanted a cleaner job. And that is how ended up with the role of the very clean, but uptight banker, Mr Dawes.

      Now you know the rest of the story.

Yesterday, LG Brandon was claiming that ordinary citizens don’t have a chance against bad guys armed with weapons of war. Ask Mr Butler. if he agrees.

And yes Brandon, we own guns to kill people. The better the gun, the better the results. Better we own the best guns than the bad guys.

The bad news is that the GOP squishes are reportedly ready to cut a deal with the Dems to infringe our God-given rights. Again.

Cocaine Turtle once again leading the squish charge to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? When the Democrats can’t do the job, you can always count on the GOPe to step in and finish the job for them.

    Yeah, not good. The GOP is going to lose if this is the path they take.

      alaskabob in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 29, 2022 at 7:31 pm

      Once..if they do, significantly erode 2A there is less need to vote Republican. This is now a cover up to buy the police just as Blue States do by excluding law enforcement from onerous laws.

      Kudos to whoever did the righteous thing by capping one authenticated low life.

      gonzotx in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 29, 2022 at 8:20 pm

      They want to lose

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 29, 2022 at 9:20 pm

      Let me toss this thought out. If in the wake of a stolen presidential election and what has happened since, the GOPe signs on with voiding the Second Amendment and quite possibly other parts of the Bill of Rights; would it not be reasonable to assume that the coming election is also rigged with a deal cut to protect the turncoats?

      And if it can be believed that such is the case, what does that say about the Social Contract and the concept of political legitimacy? And the requirement that the masses obey the government? Thomas Hobbes is smiling from the beyond.

      Subotai Bahadur

        Just throwing another similar thought out there. Georgia was another state where in 2020, the GOPe interfered by defending Kemp and his secretary of state against charges that they didn’t do anything to stop the blatant voting irregularities. Sure, voter id and other changes were made and this really hurt the Dems last week. But Republicans rig elections too. Was last week rigged for Kemp and the secretary of state to win in landslides?

        The GOPe doesn’t rig elections for candidates who are fighting against the Uniparty and there is probably a quid pro quo between the Dems and GOPe to help each other protect the Uniparty. Last week was a win for McConnell & Co. in Georgia. Where were the conservatives?

        Peabody in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | May 30, 2022 at 4:29 pm

        “Thomas Hobbes is smiling from the beyond.”

        Obama is smiling from behind the curtain.

      taurus the judge in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | May 30, 2022 at 12:23 pm

      The “word” I’m getting from my political circles (in the deep south) is that this is just lip service to avoid yet another media attack as the mid terms get closer.

      That’s in no way to be construed as defending or supporting anything the GOPe says or does but if they wanted to sell us out on this issue- they would have done it long ago and surely know this would give MAGA a serious push ( as if they don’t have one already)

      I suggest observing and see what (if any) “deals” are cut but at all times call your reps and let them know

        Hopefully, being members of the same Uniparty but playing opposing roles in the kabuki theater, they are just both going through the motions of negotiating in good faith. The end result will probably find both parties failing to agree on anything and blaming each other for negotiating in bad faith. This sets up Brandon and The Squad to take the fall on that losing issue. Nothing but anchors and boulders being offered to that sinking ship.

          taurus the judge in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 30, 2022 at 7:20 pm

          Well, I have contacts in the GOP over 3 states ( 2 are MAGA and 1 an establishment almost-MAGA) so I feel like i get a rounded view.

          I am hearing the establishment is losing significant money and more importantly both votes and attendance as well as volunteer support. I am also hearing MAGA candidates are working in unison behind the scenes. ( the fact I am hearing similar from people who don’t know each other and over different states leads me to believe there is some truth in it)

          IF THIS INFORMATION IS CORRECT- then I would believe the RINO’s will don their sheeple suits and go through the politically expedient motions as you say.

          However, I can also see them actually standing their ground depending on the number of primaries they lose. They are fully aware Trump is tearing them a new ass and now has a firm solid beachhead. (He aint at Berlin but he has a beach and a Mulberry)

          They are paying close attention to the fact Trump is weathering their attacks and their candidates re tanking on their own, They are NOT an ally but I can see them “acting’ like it this close to the midterms.

          Its a coin flip right now.

    Peabody in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 30, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    “Yesterday, LG Brandon was claiming that ordinary citizens don’t have a chance against bad guys”

    In context, he was saying that ordinary Ameicans don’t stand a chance when they have a worthless president like him.

texansamurai | May 29, 2022 at 7:19 pm

well done, ma’am–poised and focused in the moment–multiple hits in the dark no less


Dennis carried an AR-15 that was super scary.
“No one can stop me and my assault rifle,” said he,
But a nice lady pulled a pistol from her purse.
Bang bang, you’re dead.
Now what?

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Peabody. | May 29, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    It would be even better if her firearm is a “Lady” model. Some gun makers offer powerful firearms in smaller sizes for milady’s petite hands.

      Yes! That would make my day.

      WindyHill in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 30, 2022 at 11:33 am

      Years ago, my husband got me a Lady Smith (Smith & Wesson Model 3913) for Valentines Day. It was a beautiful thing – with a rose on the grip. We had to trade it in on a “regular” model 3913, though, because the Lady Smith did not have an ambidextrous thumb safety.

        If the grip is replaceable, and I think it is, get a pink replacement. Better yet, if you want sure grip, make your own. I make my own Glock grips out of safety strips used on stairs. Once you create templates, it takes minutes to cut and apply. And they look awesome. I wonder if those strips come in any other color than charcoal black? Like pink with rose imprints maybe?

George_Kaplan | May 29, 2022 at 8:26 pm

The “as yet unidentified woman deserves a medal”? Might I also suggest taxpayer funded counselling? She saved lots of lives, but there is supposed to be a psychological toll to taking a life so some help would be fair, no?

    oliver shank in reply to George_Kaplan. | May 30, 2022 at 10:20 am

    This depends on up-bringing. There is nothing in ones DNA which prevents taking the life of strangers.

      Peabody in reply to oliver shank. | May 30, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      I’m pretty sure movies and video games have something to do with it.

      Unless you have seen someone violently die or have taken a life yourself, you have no idea what the the after psychological stress is like.

      Upbringing has nothing to do with it.

      A few years ago on an interstate a motorcycle went down several vehicles in front of me.

      The rider was flung into the left lane and the semi in front of me ran over him.

      I then ran over him as well.

      Even though he was certainly dead when I got to him, it took me a year to stop constantly thinking about it.

      Also, DNA makeup has zero to do with PTSD.

      Another keyboard cowboy.

Ms. Dignity, Agency, I value my civil rights, didn’t take a knee, and my choice (not Choice) preserved the viability of myself, “the People” and “our Posterity”.

Given the lack of predictable outrage and mention of her race, can we also assume this heroic woman was likewise black?

    n.n in reply to Dimsdale. | May 31, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Given diverse… diversity precedents, we may, but I wonder if she would have, or would. Either way, armed, skilled, and with a courageous flare, a choice well made.

texansamurai | May 30, 2022 at 9:52 am

the spirit of the 2a in action–“why should i let this jackass kill me or a bunch of other people?”–not while i can do something about it–literally a textbook example of the 2a’s intent exemplified by this brave woman

thank you

As we say in the Lone Star state, “Nice Shootin Tex!”

Feel good story of the day.

I like happy endings. With the bonus of relieving the tax payer burden.

I think we are under appreciating some important details here.

1. SHE had a pistol. (vs long rifle).
2. Shot placement and range: Most people are worthless at putting shots on target at more than 20 ft, let alone for the smaller guns women usually carry. So for her to get shots on target and end the threat at a distance- wow! Freaking Annie Oakley.
3. No mention of how many shots it took, but study enough police involved shootings and you see how many of them can’t put shots on target under durress- it’s their job and they’re trained to do it.

I’m guessing she had a full size and not a stupid pocket pistol. So more than likely she was carrying in her purse (stupid, but that’s what a lot of women do because it’s even less practical for women to carry on your body).

She likely wasn’t carrying a second mag, so with all that in play she had between 8 and 17 rounds to end this fight.

I’ll be super impressed if it ended up being a .22…. cuz that will shut all the fudds down about .22 being a poor choice for CC.

    JoAnne in reply to Andy. | May 30, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    I love my .22 Ruger revolver. I have bad hands and can’t rack a pistol.

      texansamurai in reply to JoAnne. | May 30, 2022 at 1:12 pm


      remember the holy trifecta: accuracy, power, speed

      the most successful sniper who ever lived(a finn) used a small-caliber (in comparison to the .30cal up to .50cal used today), bolt-action rifle with iron sights

      accuracy, power, speed

        Peabody in reply to texansamurai. | May 30, 2022 at 7:18 pm

        Boldly firing his AR-15 military assault weapon, Dennis had power and he had speed, but that didn’t impress the little lady with the pistol for she had accuracy. Bang bang you’re dead.

      Andy in reply to JoAnne. | May 30, 2022 at 1:37 pm

      The gun industry has sooooo failed your demographic.

      I’m going to add some .22 into the armory for the wife to carry, the daughter to learn on and for life circumstances where racking will be a challenge. I had a wrist break a few years ago and it was 6 months before I could rack again.

      Andy in reply to JoAnne. | May 30, 2022 at 1:51 pm

      The gun industry has sooooo failed your demographic.

      I was just looking at the .22 revolver this past week. Better than the 38 IMO because you get 8 rounds instead of 5-6.

      I’m going to add some .22 pistol into the armory for the wife to carry, the daughter to learn on and for life circumstances where racking will be a challenge. I had a wrist break a few years ago and it was 6 months before I could rack again.

      With the fail rates of the .22 semi-s, the revolver is probably a better option, IMO the bigger limitation of the .22 is not the stopping power, but the capacity. People miss with 9mm and 9mm can fail to eject, but with most 9mm (except in Wa and Ca) you have the option of 13-19 more rounds. With most .22 capacity rarely exceeds 10. So shot placement is everything. Train Train Train.

The lady aught to get a medal, a large one.

“She was lawfully carrying a firearm and stopped a threat.”

“Lawful” doesn’t really come into it. I’m sure the same miscreant would be dead, and the same people in the crowd would be uninjured, whether the carry was lawful or not. In fact, unless she was a sworn officer, our ponderous law enforcement establishment was of no use whatever in this incident.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to tom_swift. | May 30, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    I think the word “lawfully” was included to bar any harassment or prosecution threats.

    Subotai Bahadur

barbiegirl ny | May 30, 2022 at 4:35 pm

God bless this woman! Can’t hear enough of these stories. Not only did she remove this POS from our planet, preventing God-knows-what, but she saved the tax payer from housing, feeding, and giving him medical care. It’s a win-win. By the way, notice how the media is running this story ad nauseam? Yeah, me neither.

Maybe the lady was a veteran or an off-duty cop.

If Ted Cruz spent less time formally surrendering in the culture by trying to force video gamers to be leftists when most aren’t (no Gamergate no Trump, Donald Trump won by 50k votes located in three states take any part of Trump’s coalition out and he lose 2016) and encouraging video game companies to buckle under pressure to the SJWs (most haven’t don’t be fooled by a couple of big ones like Activision-Blizzard) and removed the whole find other scapegoat thing from his agenda and looked at stories like this he may some day become a defender of the second amendment.

What I don’t understand is why the so called gun rights advocates haven’t been shouting about this as loudly as the grabbers shout their uninformed drivel. This was perfectly timed in the wake of so many lives lost to show how legally armed people can and do save lives.
It is the perfect come back to bad arguments.

Wait, she took immediate action and eliminated the threat?

Doesn’t she know that she is supposed to “set a perimeter” and wait for someone else to do it?

Good thing she is not a LEO or there likely would have been mass casualties.