Hero Bystander Intervenes as Gunman Opens Fire in Park, Potentially Saving Dozens of People
The unnamed bystander shot the gunman before he caused any injuries.
A Florida man has been hailed a hero for intervening as a shooter opened fire at a park filled with kids and community members.
The unnamed bystander confronted and shot the gunman, who had fired into Isaac Campbell Park in Titusville Saturday, potentially saving the lives of dozens of people.
Authorities said the good Samaritan had a concealed weapons permit and will not be facing charges.
"We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident," Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a statement. "This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park; this could have been so much worse."
The City of Titusville was gathered in the park that Saturday afternoon for an event hosted by the family of Tony Butler, 38, who was found murdered in a burning car last month.
The event, named Peace in the City, was intended to be an anti-violence rally, and had more than 150 kids attending, playing in the grass and bouncy castles.
The shooting had reportedly stemmed from a weeks’ old basketball game. The suspect got into a physical fight with someone before leaving, and returning with a gun.
“People were running everywhere — even the little babies," witness Dwight Harvey told InsideEdition.com.
He was DJing the event and recording his set on Facebook Live when shots rang out.
The shooter was airlifted to the hospital and continues to be in critical condition. There were no other injuries reported.
Police are continuing investigations and encourage anyone with more information to come forward.
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