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Armed Citizen Shoots And Kills Suspect Who Started Shooting Inside Nightclub

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — An armed citizen and employee of a nightclub acted quickly when a person inside the club pulled out a gun and started shooting.

The details of the initial shooting are hazy, but the details of the armed citizen’s actions are clear.

Gustav Denecamp, 27, was fatally shot by a club employee about 1:30 a.m., police say.

The incident happened at the Echo nightclub at 134 W. Pierpont Ave., according to Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brett Olsen.

Olsen said the man fired a weapon and then was shot once by an employee who had his own gun. Denecamp went outside where responding officers attempted lifesaving measures, Olsen said, but he died at the scene.


The intentions of Denecamp are not known at this time, but there is no doubt that this armed employee did what he had to do in order to save lives.

The nightclub released a statement shortly after the shooting, saying; “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that happened at our club Friday night. Thanks to the quick actions by an employee to stop the shooter, our patrons and staff were unharmed. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid in their investigation and will continue our efforts to the best of our abilities to maintain a safe environment for our customers and staff.”

These are the stories that don’t make the mainstream media, and they don’t land on your television screen. Could it be that the armed citizen stopped a mass shooting in the works? We’ll never know, and that’s the beauty of having armed citizens in our corner.

About the Author

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Vedder Holsters ComfortTuck IWB holster.

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