Concertgoer Says He Tried To Get Gun Away From DIMEBAG's Killer

While most people at Columbus' Alrosa Villa nightclub watched in stunned horror Wednesday night as Nathan Gale fired his weapon onstage, and then at the crowd, a Central Ohio man sprang to action, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported.

Travis Burnett, who is an amateur fighter, said he ran up on the stage in hopes of forcing the gunman to shoot himself.

"I didn't see anybody dead," Burnett said. "I wasn't concentrated on them. I was concentrated on (Gale).

Burnett said he tried to get the gun away from Gale.

"He had the gun aimed at my chest when I walked around," Burnett said. "I asked him, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'Get out of here,' and I said, 'No.' I moved up to him and then he shot my arm and I took off."

The bullet grazed Burnett's arm.

"I didn't feel it," Burnett said. "I just know there was a hole in my shirt."

Burnett ran back behind the bar. There, he saw Niggemeyer come into the nightclub with a shotgun. He didn't see the officer shoot the gunman, but he did hear the blast, Burton reported.

"I have a friend that's a police officer and he said that cop did a really courageous thing," Burnett said.

Police said that Gale was holding a hostage. Burnett said that Gale and a security guard were wrestling and Gale had a "good hold" on the man, appearing that there was a hostage situation. Burnett said it was hard to tell, saying there was chaos inside the club. Read more.

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