Man Shot in Head at Party Credits His Concealed Carry for Saving Lives: More People Would’ve Died

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Raul Mendez simply wanted to enjoy a relaxing Fourth of July celebration with his friends and family in Surprise, Arizona, but shooter on a rampage turned the celebration into a nightmare.

If it hadn’t been for the fact that Mendez had a concealed carry firearm, he is certain that more lives would have been lost. As he and his family and friends were celebrating, a neighbor allegedly entered the home uninvited on July 3– suddenly opening fire as everyone was gathering to enjoy a meal.

“My back was turned. I heard the first gunshot and that’s what made me, kind of turn my head … But by the time I even was able to look and see what was going on, a bullet already had struck the side of my face,” Mendez told Fox News Digital via a phone interview on Tuesday.

There were about 30 people present, but no one had done anything that should have caused the neighbor to reportedly randomly open fire.

The armed neighbor allegedly killed two of Mendez’s friends, Conrradito Ochoa Navarro, 41, and Carl Dinora, 38, and left four other people seriously injured, including Mendez.

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The suspected gunman was later identified by police as Jason Hunt.

Mendez’s wife raced over to her husband and, at the time, was sure he was dead because of how much blood was on his face. Then she whisked their two daughters away to a different room in the house.

“She barricaded the door with the dresser. There were three other children in there, not including my two daughters. A total of five kids. She … throws them in the closet, throws clothes over them. Tells them, ‘Be quiet. Do not make a peep if you hear loud noises in this room,’” Mendez said.

Meanwhile, as the alleged shooter continued to move through the party, Mendez was roused by guests screaming his name who knew he had a concealed carry. He found the presence of mind to get up in spite of his injury.

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