The old saying goes, the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
That’s exactly what happened at the “Peace in the City” back-to-school event in Titusville, Florida.
A man who opened fire during a “Peace for the City” rally at a park was hospitalized after being shot by a bystander, according to the Titusville Police Department.
The shooting happened Saturday afternoon at Isaac Campbell Park in the 700 block of South Street. More than 100 people showed up for a rally meant to promote peace in the city, as well as give away backpacks for children getting ready for the upcoming school year.
Police said the man was involved in a fistfight with another person at a crowded park, left and returned several minutes later with a gun and opened fire.
“They started shooting,” said Dwight Harvey, who was the DJ for the event. “The bounce houses were full of kids, and they started shooting right under the tree.”
Imagine how horrific this event must have been!
The gunman was then shot by a bystander, who police said was lawfully licensed to carry a firearm.
The initial shooter was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. His gun was recovered from the scene.
Police said the shooting scene was secure.
The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers and has been fully cooperative with the investigation, police said.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park. This could have been so much worse.” (Emphasis added)
Hats off to this responsible citizen who took the safety of his community seriously.
We can only image how bad the death-toll might have been if he hadn’t been responsibly carrying his concealed handgun.