By Ana Ley
San Antonio Express-News) A
shopper who brandished a handgun during a Black Friday scuffle at South
Park Mall was within his rights, according to San Antonio police.
Officers were dispatched to the mall's Sears store about 9 p.m.
Thursday in response to a call about a shooting, according to an
incident report. When they arrived, they detained Jose Alonzo Salame,
33, who was holding a black 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a black
"We don't see this very often," Officer Matthew Porter said, adding
that Salame did not break the law by displaying the weapon. "He was
within his rights."
Police confiscated the gun, which was loaded and had one round in a chamber, the report says.
Salame reportedly showed proof that he had a concealed handgun
license, and he told officers that he pulled the gun out to defend
himself because he was punched in the face by Alejandro Alex, 35.
Salame, who did not fire the weapon, said he feared further injury by
The store had opened its doors to Black Friday shoppers about an hour
before the incident, which occurred as crowds packed into the store.
Witnesses reportedly told police that Salme had behaved rudely that
morning and had provoked the situation before pulling the handgun and
pointing it at Alex, though San Antonio Police Sgt. Rob Carey said at the scene of the incident that he had actually pointed it at the ground.
Roger Rivera, who was shopping in the Sears, said Salame was punched
then pulled a gun. Everyone scattered, "tumbling over things, dropping
boxes," Rivera said. The man who was trying to cut in line ran and hid
behind a refrigerator before he fled the store.
"It kind of went a little crazy in there," Carey said.
Rivera told his kids to get down. While everyone was panicking, the
man with the gun stood there, he said, and looked around, lowering the
For about 10 minutes, the shopping stopped, said Rivera, and his wife
Teresa, who was also in Sears but in another part of the store. She
raised concerns about whether Sears had enough security, noting that she
only saw men at the store wearing "Security" vests.
Salame was released from police custody and asked to leave the store
with the rest of his family. A manager gave him a store voucher, the
"We're glad the incident was resolved peacefully," said Sears
spokeswoman Kim Freely. "The safety of our customers and associates are
our No. 1 priority."