Bystander shoots gunman who opened fire at back-to-school event


A bystander who was lawfully carrying a firearm shot a gunman who had started firing at a back-to-school festival Saturday in Titusville.

Authorities said a man who was involved in a fistfight at Isaac Campbell Park left and came back with a gun.

The park was the site of a backpack giveaway involving dozens of kids. School supplies were handed out at the festival and there were around 150 people in the area when the shooting started.

When the gunman began shooting, a bystander, who was licensed to carry a firearm, fired back, wounding the shooter, police said.

Police said the gunman was shot in the head and airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“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,” Dwight Harvey said.

Harvey was a DJ for the event. Harvey’s family put together the back-to-school giveaway, calling it the “Peace in the City Rally” in response to his cousin’s recent death.

The gunman was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said his gun was recovered at the scene and the bystander has been cooperating with them.

An investigation is ongoing. No one else at the park was injured.

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