A back-to-school event this weekend took an unexpected turn when a fight broke out in the park full of kids and families. One of the men in the fight left, but came back with a gun and started shooting. An armed bystander, though, was prepared. He shot the attacker and quickly ended the attack.
The shooting happened in Titusville, Florida. The event was being held to give away backpacks to kids going back to school. It is unclear what started the fight. Neither of the participants have been identified. Yet the “Peace in the City Rally,” that was held on Sunday evening was anything but peaceful.
“Video streamed on Facebook Live during the event showed women and children running for their lives after a dozen gunshots rang out near a pavilion crowded with parents and children picking out school supplies,” The Daily Mail reports.
“Dwight Harvey, who was a DJ at the event, recorded the video. His son organized the charity event in honor of his cousin who was found dead inside a burning car in Mims, Florida, last month.”
The fight may have had nothing to do with the backpack rally at all. “I’m really confused at why they would come out here where the kids are out and do all this in front of the kids? It’s so disrespectful,” Harvey told reporters.
After the suspected gunman opened fire, another man in the park shot him. The suspect was critically injured, and his shooting-spree ended. He was airlifted to the hospital.
No one else in the park was injured. The man who shot the gunman is reportedly cooperating with police. No charges are expected against him. He behaved lawfully and was legally permitted to be carrying the gun with which he shot the man.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” said Deputy Police Chief Todd Hutchinson. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse.”