Legally armed bystander stops gunman at crowded Florida park
Titusville Police are investigating a shooting Saturday at a crowded park that was stopped when an armed bystander shot the suspect, a department spokeswoman said.
A man involved in a fight with another person at Isaac Campbell Park left the scene and returned several minutes later, around 5:20 p.m., with a gun and opened fire on the crowd, police spokeswoman Amy Matthews said.
A bystander, who was licensed to carry a firearm, shot the suspect and waited for authorities to arrive, Matthews said. No other injuries were reported, she said.
The gunman, whose firearm was recovered from the scene, was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, Matthews said.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a news release. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse”.
Titusville police are still investigating the incident, Matthews said.
Detectives consulted 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,” Matthews said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Titusville Police Department at (321) 264-7800 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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