On Tuesday night Jestin Anthony Joseph of Allen walked into a McDonald’s restaurant in Fort Worth and pulled a gun on employees and customers. But, according to the Star-T report, each time he pulled the trigger to fire, nothing happened. He exited the restaurant at one point, fired successfully into the air, but when he returned and attempted again to shoot, the gun misfired. He later fled and was arrested.
Police could not explain why the gun didn’t fire inside the store.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said robbery Sgt. Joe Loughman. “It must not have been their time to go.”
His mother, who had called police earlier in the day out of fear that her son was suicidal, also believes that some outside forced intervened.
Joseph’s mother said she believes the gun malfunctioned “because we were praying.”
“Last night, I told God to keep Jestin, and that’s what I do believe happened,” she said. “I did not know he even had a gun.”
This raises the question of why — if God were so keen to step in to prevent this tragedy — he allowed this man to gain possession of a gun at all. Allen Police have dealt with Joseph a number of times previously and is known to them to suffer from “extreme paranoia.”
But failings of our own laws and institutions are more likely responsible for that.