While a mother was literally praying to God for the son she feared had a mental breakdown, the son was attempting to shoot patrons at a Texas McDonald’s, but his gun misfired.
In a story that shows God’s hand on earth, Jestin Joseph, 24, entered the Ft. Worth restaurant and pulled a handgun out on the approximately 15 adults and children eating inside.
Miraculously, the gun never fired, and you can see Joseph in the CBS News video reloading and trying to shoot again at patrons, but again, the gun wouldn’t fire even when a good Samaritan attempted to take the gun away from Joseph.
Joseph then went outside of the McDonalds and successfully fired off shots in the parking lot, prompting Joseph to go back inside the restaurant and fire again.
And yet again, the gun didn’t fire inside the building.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Ft. Worth police Sgt. Joe Loughman told the Star-Telegram. “It must not have been their time to go.”
According to the newspaper report:
About four hours before the robbery, Joseph’s mother had gone to the Allen police station and told officers that she feared her son was suicidal.
The mother, who asked not to be identified to shield herself and her other children from any repercussions, said she alerted Allen police after her son told her over the phone that people were after him.
“He said, ‘They’re trying to kill me, Mama! I’m going to die tonight! I’m going to die tonight!’” the mother recounted in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.
The mother said she believes that her son had a mental breakdown, just as his father did a few years ago. She said she believes it runs in his father’s family.
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.”
Must-watch CBS News report on this story via YouTube:
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