Florida bartender shoots armed assailant, receives award for saving lives in gunfire
A Florida bartender jumped off the bar to tackle a man for putting a woman in a headache. He didn’t know the man was pointing a gun at her.
“In the video everything seems so slow but in the moment everything is going so fast,” said David Ghiloni. “I was protecting her. I didn’t even know there was a gun until I attacked the guy.”
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For his heroism, Ghiloni received a rescue award from the Flager County Sheriff’s Office. “That brave act of protecting the female and fighting off that shooter undoubtedly saved lives that night,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I am honored to be able to recognize David who so generously helped those in need and put his own life on the line to protect others.”
The suspect, Connor Anderson, faces multiple charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into a building and using a firearm while under the influence. Anderson, who was reportedly upset at not being able to find his keys, allegedly brought a gun into the bar, attacked the woman and fired six shots while being shot. Remarkably, no one was seriously injured.
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Ghiloni said he was overwhelmed by all the attention – from Sheriff Staly’s award to members of the Palm Coast community where the bar is located.
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“Being nobody and then all of a sudden being recognized by the sheriff, the chief, and really the whole Palm Coast community,” Ghiloni said. “Now that I see the video and slow it down, I can see how badly it could have gone.”