Don’t look now, but a gun owner who was legally concealing a handgun stopped a shooting in a crowded Florida park over the weekend. That’s right, once again, a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy who had opened fire, in this case, on a back-to-school event that was ironically called “Peace in the City.”
Shannon Watts, Gabby Giffords and David Hogg weren’t available to comment.
According to clickorlando.com . . .
Police said the (shooter) was involved in a fistfight with another person at a crowded park, left and returned several minutes later with a gun and opened fire.
“They started shooting,” said Dwight Harvey, who was the DJ for the event. “The bounce houses were full of kids, and they started shooting right under the tree.”
Harvey captured the shooting while he was recording the event on Facebook Live.
That’s when an unidentified licensed concealed carrier drew his firearm and shot the attacker in the head, putting an end to the chaos.
The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers and has been fully cooperative with the investigation, police said.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park. This could have been so much worse.” …
Detectives consulted with the State Attorney’s office. No charges are expected against the bystander as his actions were within the law based on the preliminary investigation, according to police.
Not to mention that he also saved who knows how many lives by stopping the threat.
Our friends in the gun-grabbing community are fond of spouting statistics that detail the number of lives lost (about 32,000) in shootings every year (including the roughly 21,000 suicides). For some reason, though, they neglect to mention the number of defensive gun uses (a minimum of 500,000 and possibly as many as 3 million) that also take place. Every single year. Defensive actions in which rapes, robberies, assaults and yes, murders are prevented.