Survivors are calling it miraculous intervention.
A man who said he experienced a mental breakdown tried to shoot several people at a McDonald’s restaurant Tuesday night in Fort Worth, Texas. But his gun misfired over and over again — even though when he stepped outside, it fired just fine.
Jestin Allen Joseph, 24, walked into the fast-food establishment wielding a handgun. He started screaming at patrons and pulling the trigger, but the gun simply clicked harmlessly.
One heroic diner, Davage Armstrong, shoved Joseph against a wall, trying to subdue him.
"I saw the guy pull the pistol out and he was yelling, 'Give me your keys, give me your money,'" Armstrong told WFAA-TV News. "I could hear the gun clicking... he was pulling the trigger. I was able to push him over and pin him against the wall."
But Joseph got away. He stepped outside and fired a shot in the air. The gun worked perfectly. Fortunately, those two bullets did not strike anyone.
Joseph walked back into the McDonald’s. He aimed his gun point-blank at Armstrong.
"[He was] pulling the trigger towards me, but still, just clicking," Armstrong said.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said police Sgt. Joe Loughman who investigated the incident, but had no explanation for why Joseph’s gun did not go off. “It must not have been their time to go.”
Joseph went back outside and pointed his gun at a passing car. He fired two shots without a problem. The driver did not stop and the bullets struck no one.
Another police officer who had encountered Joseph previously said the would-be killer led a transient lifestyle and apparently suffered bouts of paranoia.
From Mansfield Jail where he is being held on $500,000 bail, Joseph told WFAA that he felt someone was after him.
"A guy said something, he looked at me and I was like - I said, 'Why y'all keep f******g with me?' And I lost it," Joseph told the TV station from the other side of a protective barrier (seen in picture).
Joseph, who said he had never experienced that type of mental breakdown before, had no idea why his gun, which he said belonged to an ex-girlfriend, misfired. But Armstrong has his own belief.
"God, God. That's all it was, was God," the heroic restaurant patron said. "That's all it could have been, an angel over me."
SOURCES: WFAA-TV, Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram