Old Sacramento Security Guard Describes New Year’s Eve Shooting

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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.

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  • bujou

    Thank god for you Stephon Walton! You are a true hero! Without you a lot of people would have been shot and no doubt killed. On behalf of all families thank you!

  • sactokid

    This reporter is absolutely worthless. How about asking: where were you shot, how far away were you when you were shot? Where did you hit the gunman? How far away when you hit the gunman? Concern that you might hit an innocent bystander? Did the gunman's friends make an attempt to jump you or stop you? Are you licensed to carry a gun? Was Dan or the other person still alive or look to be alive? Was the shooter still pumping bullets into Dan or the other person? Did you call code 3 first or shoot first? How well did you know Dan, kind of person he was? What was the crowd doing when shots rang out, panic, running out the door? Was anyone taking care of the victims when you walked in or after the gunman walked out? What did you do after the gunman walked out? Did police order you to drop your gun? Come on Fox, get some real reporters on staff. This is a pathetic waste of journalism, or lack of.