“This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse.”
We won’t see this plastered all over the MSM, will we? An armed citizen stopped a gunman at a back-to-school event in Titusville, FL. Officials admitted it could have been a lot worse.
A man opened fire on the event, which took place at the Isaac Campbell Park. The gunman got into a fistfight at the park, left, and came back shooting.
The licensed bystander quickly opened fire on the gunman, who “was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.” From WFTV:
The bystander who shot the man waited for officers and was cooperative with the investigation, police said.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse.”
A flyer posted on Facebook and Instagram said a back to school event called “Peace in the City” was going on at the park at the time of the shooting.
About 100 people attended the rally, which also gave away backpacks filled with school supplies for children.
Detectives consulted with the Florida State Attorney’s Office and “they do not expect to file charges against the bystander since his actions were within the law.”
Dwight Harvey described the shooting to the media:
“I was like, who lit firecrackers? I turned around and just said, ‘Oh no, he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun,’” recalled Harvey, the DJ whose family organized the back-to-school event Saturday at Isaac Campbell Park in Titusville.
“I thought to myself, ‘did this just happen?’ People were taking cover, everybody was scattered,” said Harvey, who told children amid the screams and chaos to run. Sunday, Harvey said he was thankful that a private citizen was in the right place at the right time to quickly end what could have been an even worse situation.
“This was standing your ground, in a situation like this with kids involved, not what you saw in Clearwater, that was murder,” Harvey said, referring to the controversial shooting in July that left a man dead after a fight over a handicapped parking space.
[Featured image via mynews13.com]DONATE
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.