A Florida park was filled with over 100 people, including children, for a back-to-school barbecue, when shots rang out. Luckily, a good Samaritan with a concealed carry permit was there to shoot the gunman when he opened fire, saving an unknown number of lives on August 4.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a press release. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park. This could have been so much worse.”
The suspect left Isaac Campbell Park in Titusville, Florida around 5:20 p.m., after getting in a fistfight with another park visitor, according to the Titusville Police Department. He returned with a gun and began firing minutes later.
WFTV reports the cookout was being live streamed on Facebook by Dwight Harvey, who is the father of the ironically named “Peace in the Park” event’s organizer, when the shooting started. Before the 12-round salvo began, parents and children can be seen rifling through backpacks filled with school supplies.
Titusville PD says the gunman was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Fortunately, no one else was injured. The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers to arrive and has been fully cooperative with the investigation.
Detectives have consulted with the State Attorney’s office and no charges are expected to be filed against the bystander, as his actions were “within the law based on the preliminary investigation.” Neither the shooter nor the bystander have been identified.