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Seattle Cafe Customer Hurled Bar Stool at Killer

June 04, 2012  | 

Lawrence Adams is being praised by Seattle Police for disrupting Cafe Racer shooter Ian Stawicki, which saved several lives.

After Stawicki opened fire in Cafe Racer on May 30, Adams threw a bar stool at Stawicki, which distracted him enough to allow several other customers to escape the cafe.

Adams, who lost his brother in the World Trade Center on 9/11, told police later that if faced with a tragedy, he "would never hide under a table," reports the Associated Press.

After being attacked with the stool, Adams said that Stawicki "looked at me like he didn't [care] at all," Lawrence told Seattle Police after the incident, reports Fox News. "He just moved towards the rear of the bar instead of dealing with me at all, and I just brushed past him. He was on a mission to kill my friends."

Stawicki killed four people in the cafe and fatally shot a fifth person before turning the gun on himself as police closed in on him.

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Tags: Active Shooters, Seattle PD, Mentally Ill Subjects


Comments (2)

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DPB @ 6/4/2012 5:02 PM

I will give up my barstool when they pry it from my cold dead hands!!!

Would more have lived had Lawrence had a CCW permit and a gun?

Kudos for your bravery Lawrence!

Morning Eagle @ 6/4/2012 7:46 PM

It took courage to do what he did and he deserves the credit he is getting for his actions. But I agree with DPB above, it does appear as if someone with a gun could have more effectively stopped that POS before he could kill more people. Another case where judicious use of a firearm in the hands of a good guy could have prevented more needless tragedy in peoples' lives. At least neither Seattle or the state of Washington will have to feed and house the killer through an endless series of appeals.

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