Video taken from a back-to-school event at a Florida park shows the terrifying moment over 100 people, including many children, ran for cover while a gunman opened fire.
On Saturday, a man got into a fistfight with another man during the cookout at Issac Campbell Park. After the fight, one of the men left and returned minutes later with a gun, the Titusville Police Department said in a news release.
Shortly after the gunman opened fire on the crowd, a bystander, who was lawfully licensed to carry a firearm, shot the gunman.
“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 gunman was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Luckily, no one else was injured during the shootout.
Dwight Harvey was streaming the event live on his Facebook page when the shooting started. In his video, children and parents were receiving school supplies and backpacks when the shots rang out, WFTV reported.
“I was like, who lit firecrackers? I turned around and just said, ‘Oh no, he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun,’” Harvey told the local news outlet.
Harvey also said he was thankful for the bystander who was in the right place at the right time.
“This was standing your ground, in a situation like this with kids involved,” Harvey said.
The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers and has been fully cooperative with the investigation, police said. Neither the shooter nor the bystander have been identified.
Matthews said no charges are expected to be filed against the bystander, as his actions were "within the law based on the preliminary investigation."
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