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An armed bystander shot a gunman who opened fire on a back-to-school event in a Florida park crowded with families over the weekend.
According to a news release from the City of Titusville, the unnamed suspect got into a fistfight with another person at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street on Saturday evening, left the event, then returned with a gun several minutes’ later and opened fire.
Another park goer, who was legally licensed to carry a firearm, returned fire and wounded the aggressor, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.
Terrified: Gunshots sent parents and children fleeing for their lives during the 'Peace in the City' back-to-school supply giveaway at a Titusville, Florida, park on Saturday evening
No other injuries were reported as a result of the incident, which took place at around 5.20pm during a backpack giveaway called 'Peace in the City Rally.'
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.
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.
‘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 WESH-TV.
An armed bystander returned fire and shot the gunman, leaving him with serious injuries
No charges are expected to be filed against the Good Samaritan
The suspect in the shooting was airlifted to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. Police who arrived at the scene were able to recover his gun.
The armed Good Samaritan was said to be fully cooperating with the investigation. Detectives have consulted with the State Attorney’s office and no charges are expected to be filed against him.
‘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.’