Concealed carrier takes down gunman at Florida peace rally

August 6, 2018

A concealed carrier critically wounded a man who opened fire at a crowded “peace” rally Saturday afternoon in Titusville, Florida, police said.

The suspect got into a fistfight with another person at the “Peace in the City” rally and back-to-school event at Isaac Campbell Park, returning later with a gun, police said.

The suspect started shooting just after 5 p.m. and an armed bystander returned fire, shooting the suspect in the head, police said.

The suspect, who police have not identified, was airlifted to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, Florida Today reported. No other injuries were reported.

Authorities said no charges were expected against the bystander, who was licensed to carry a firearm and was fully cooperative with investigators.

“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” Titusville Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a statement. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse.”

About 150 people were at the “Peace in the City” rally billed as “A day of fun, no violence!” when shots rang out, Florida Today reported. Cellphone video taken during the shooting showed men, women and young children running and screaming.

Titusville police are still investigating the incident.

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