Armed Bystander Takes Down Gunman at Florida Back-To-School Event


TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A man involved in a fistfight with another person at a crowded park, left, and returned several minutes’ later with a gun and opened fire. The gunman was then shot by a bystander, who was lawfully licensed to carry a firearm.

Reports of the shooting started coming in at 5:20 PM on Saturday at Isaac Campbell Park, located at 701 South Street. The gunfire rang out as a ‘back to school’ event called “Peace in the City” was happening.

The initial shooter was airlifted to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. His gun was recovered from the scene.

The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers and has been fully cooperative with the investigation, police say.

There were no other reported injuries.

“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident” said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse”.

No charges are expected against the bystander as his actions were within the law based on the preliminary investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Titusville Police Department at (321) 264-7800 or can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by calling CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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