From his hospital bed Wednesday, Old Sacramento security guard Stefan Walton described the New Year’s Eve shooting that killed two people and how he says he stopped the gunman.
“As I was coming through the door, I heard several shots. When I opened the door, I found two people laying on the floor,” Walton said.
The alleged gunman, identified by police as 22-year-old Carlito Montoya, opened fire inside the Sports Corner Bar and Cafe just minutes after a 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Witnesses say the shooting stemmed from a fight inside the bar.
“I pushed him (shooter) back, he came out with a gun and shot me,” Walton said, describing how he was shot twice in the side.
Walton said after he returned fire, the gunman began acting strangely.
“His reactions to me, personally, was like he was playing a video game,” Walton told FOX40. “He was in his own world, he was kind of dancing.”
Witnesses described the gunman as very drunk on New Year’s Eve.
Montoya is accused of killing bartender Daniel Ferrier and patron Gabriel Cordova. Cordova’s wife was also injured in the shooting.
Despite being described by many as a hero, Walton told FOX40 he wishes he could have done more to save his friend Daniel.
“It feels terrible. He was a great guy. He didn’t deserve this,” Walton said.
Montoya is also in the hospital, being treated for his gunshot wounds. Once he is released from the hospital, he will formally be booked into jail.
“If I hadn’t shot him, he would have kept shooting people,” Walton said.
Montoya does not have a concealed weapons permit in Sacramento County, investigators say.
Watch Walton’s full interview below.
Ian McDonald contributed to this report.