Armed Bystander Takes Down Gunman At Florida Children's Event

An armed bystander licensed to carry a firearm shot a gunman who opened fire at a back-to-school event at a Titusville park, reports local ABC affiliate WFTV9.

The shooting occurred at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street shortly after 5:20 p.m. when the shooter, whom police have not identified, returned to the park after a fistfight and began firing

A bystander licensed to a carry a firearm then shot the shooter, who was flown to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. -WFTV9

(full video here, shooting at 7:50)

The bystander who shot the gunman has been fully cooperative with the investigation, according to local police. “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."

A flyer posted on Facebook and Instagram said a back to school event called "Peace in the City" was going on at the park when the shooting happened. -WFTV9

While we expect 2nd Amendment advocates will point to this incident as a "good guy with a gun" taking down a "bad guy with a gun," gun control activists are likely to pretend it never happened - or that local police would have intervened.

After all, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away! 


macholatte Arne Saknussemm Sun, 08/05/2018 - 14:52 Permalink


An armed bystander licensed to carry a firearm shot a gunman who opened fire at a back-to-school event at a Titusville park ....

The armed bystander who shot the victim has been apprehended by police, beaten nearly to death and thrown in jail.  The victim of the shooting has been taken to a nearby hospital and is represented by a team of lawyers from the ACLU ....

reports local ABC affiliate WFTV9.




When hours count, the police run away to cash their pension checks.

Where were the police? Ordered away by Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, who doubles as police commissioner. “I do not want the @PortlandPolice to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track,” he tweeted. “If [ICE is] looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place.”

Anarchy Breaks Out in Portland, With the Mayor’s Blessing
A vicious mob targeted the ICE office and even a food cart. The police followed orders to do nothing.…


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greenskeeper carl SickDollar Sun, 08/05/2018 - 18:55 Permalink

Yep, my thoughts exactly. Can't even have a 'stop the violence' party without some dindu shooting at someone. Pathetic. But, what is wrong with these people? Can't even have an honest fight with a winner and a loser without one of them leaving and coming back with a gun. Personally, I think fighting is juvenille as hell, I'm too old for that shit. But when I was younger, if two people got in a fight, that was it. There was a winner and a loser, and no one would let it go on long enough for anyone to be seriously hurt. Never in a million years would anyone leave and come back with some kind of weapon looking for revenge. My grandfather was a PE teacher and coach at a high school, and he said he kept a couple pairs of boxing gloves in his office. If there was a fight, he'd go get give them those gloves and let them go outside and duke it out for a few minutes.


This is why I carry, everywhere. All the time. I won't even go to the gas station half a mile from my house without it. You just never know.

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Theosebes Goodfellow CheapBastard Sun, 08/05/2018 - 19:21 Permalink

I gave up fisticuffing when I was 14 or so. I realized that I was big enough by then that if I hit someone just right I could kill them. Seeing as I grew up fighting with my fists, I knew I had to find another way to take on my adversaries.

Interestingly enough, I chose humor. It was a good decision 50 years ago. Today, I'm not so sure it would work as well, but it beats, (sorry, bad pun), going to the hoosegow for manslaughter.

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Truth_Hoits Theosebes Goodfellow Sun, 08/05/2018 - 19:51 Permalink

That's pretty scary.

You, at the age of 14,  figured out that if you punch sometime just right you could kill them.


Tell us about the time that you threw the winning touchdown... Or the time that you took the hottest girl to the prom... Or when your dad bought you that 69 Camaro... Or that time you cought the biggest fish in the tournament.


You guys are just dying to impress one another on the internets...

"In my day, we didn't have any fancy schmancy amby pamby fists... We couldn't afford them. . We just took a dinosaur bone and beat one another over the head with it until one of us cried mercy... Otherwise, we'd end up in a bloody pulp of human meat... And we did this on the way to school... In the snow... Uphill.... Both ways!... Ah, the good ole days."





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ZeroLounger Hari_Seldon Sun, 08/05/2018 - 22:43 Permalink

Being a former Marine, I figured my service to my country was all the license I needed. Until I got busted in Michigan on my Harley for carrying a Beretta .22 in my luggage rack (Carrying a concealed weapon). Took $5000 and a lawyer to take care of it.

The D.A. (a lady) said, "Well, we have laws."

And that's why I went right down and got my concealed carry permit when I returned home.

Spend a night in jail, you'll change your mind.

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secretargentman ZeroLounger Sun, 08/05/2018 - 23:29 Permalink

In fact, being human is the only license you need. You were in the right; Michigan was in the wrong. Trouble is, Michigan has more firepower than any one individual who is right, and they can put you in jail no matter how right you are.

DA needs to understand that we DO have laws, and the highest law in the land is the Constitution and it's amendments, not some podunk Michigan "law" that's in violation of the Constitution.

There are a growing number of states which actually do recognize this now. I'm happy to live in one of them.

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