Two Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a woman’s life after she was attacked by two suspected carjackers who hit her over the head while she was putting her child into a car seat after leaving Walmart in Shawnee, Kansas, on Sunday.
A bystander, who rushed to the aid of the woman after hearing her screams, was shot multiple times by one of the suspects, according to police.
Another Good Samaritan saw what happened, got out of his car and shot one of the attackers dead.
A shopper who had just exited the store recorded the aftermath of the shootings and posted the video to Facebook.
The man down in the foreground is dead, and has been identified as John W. Simmons, III. The first Samaritan was a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was shot and seriously wounded.
“The first phone call was that he was shot in the face and dying,” she said. She was later relieved to learn that he had survived, despite wounds to his face and chest.
“We know parts of his left nostril was blown off and his face and upper left chest area are wounded,” the man’s father told FOX 4.
His mother said even with his injuries, the man was still concerned for the woman and her child.
“He was more concerned about how the baby was, and the woman,” she explained.
Police said a second man, who’s from Desoto, also ran to try to help the woman. He shot one of the suspects, killing him. That Good Samaritan was also injured, but he was treated and released from the hospital.
The second Samaritan from Desoto was armed. He shot and killed Simmons, and was also injured.
He may be the man in light green shirt and blue pants that is sitting in the background on the left. The green shirted man can be clearly seen in the video. Many good Samaritans have learned that keeping anonymous works better than being harassed by the media.
This may have been an attempted robbery or carjacking. It may have domestic implications. We do not have the facts at present.
We know that the armed Samaritan suffered minor injuries while the unarmed, veteran Samaritan ended in the hospital in critical condition. His condition has been upgraded, as has the woman who was attacked.
Not everyone is willing to risk their life for someone in distress. Not everyone is willing to stand by and let someone be killed. Firearms are personal power multipliers. They’re called “equalizers” for a good reason.
©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.