In Titusville, Florida, there was a school shooting incident over the weekend. In situations like this, you always hope and pray that several people in the crowd have a concealed carry permit. These occurrences are totally unpredictable and having them happen at a school event is a deadly turn of events usually. We have seen time and again how badly something like this turns out. It bolsters my personal argument that everyone should be armed, including teachers. But that’s an argument for another day.
Ironically, this took place at a school peace rally on Saturday at the school. A man licensed to carry a firearm took out a g*nman at a school peace rally for a back-to-school event on Saturday after the g*nman opened fire. The CRIMINAL realized his big mistake way too late this time. The good guy with a gun shot him in the head. This happened at Isaac Campbell Park just after 5:20 p.m. according to WFTV.
Parents brought their children to the school for a “Peace in the City” event that was promised to be a “day of fun, not violence.” It turned out to be the exact opposite of that, unfortunately. The ‘peaceful’ part of the event ended when two people got into a fistfight. One of the guys involved left and then came back with a gun. He opened fire in the park, which was full of children. If our hero had not been there and armed, this could have been even more tragic. The gunman was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. There is no word on whether he will survive or not at this point. No one else was hurt.
Isaac Campbell Park shooting scene secure. One male victim airlifted to local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Titusville Police Detectives on scene conducting ongoing active investigation. pic.twitter.com/ytDfB5AVfd
— Titusville Police FL (@TitusvillePD) August 4, 2018
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a statement released by the city. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse.” You bet it could have. The detectives consulted with the State Attorney’s office and announced that they do not expect to file charges against the legally armed citizen because his actions appear to be legal. It sounds like for once, the authorities are calling this incident correctly. The bystander who shot the man waited for officers and was cooperative with the investigation, police said.
Titusville police, assisted by Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies, responded about 5:20 p.m. to the Campbell Community Center on South Street, following reports of shots fired in the park behind the center. The case remains an active investigation by the Titusville Police Department.
Dwight Harvey, who is the father of the event’s organizer, was streaming the event live on his Facebook page when the shooting occurred. In the video that was taken many children and parents are seen going through backpacks stuffed with school supplies under a pavilion at the park when 12 rapid-fire shots ring out causing confusion and panic as you would expect. The shooting begins at 8 minutes, 30 seconds in the video below. “I was like, who lit firecrackers? I turned around and just said, ‘Oh no, he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun,’” Harvey told the newspaper. Harvey said he and his family planned the Peace in the City event after his cousin, Tony Butler, was found dead in a burning car in Mims in July. “We were just trying to do something positive for the community,” he said. Good intentions here almost turned calamitous.
So sad — a “Rally for Peace” at a park in Titusville ends with gunshots fired. Someone had to be rushed away with life-threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/VhoUsmNjFv
— Matt Lupoli (@mattlupoli) August 4, 2018
There were over 150 people there for a Saturday back-to-school cookout, officials said. The majority were children. You have to wonder what is wrong with people that something like this would occur in the first place. This is why it is so important to have situational awareness these days and to pay attention to what is going on around you and your family. It’s also why you should have a concealed carry permit and learn to use a gun. You never know when you will need it. Children were still leaving the bounce house as the shooter fled the scene, Harvey said. The suspect collapsed moments later in the parking lot of the park.
“There were kids in the path of those bullets. Thank God none of the kids got hit,” Harvey said. “To have this happen at an event for the kids, at the ‘Peace in the City’ rally, is just crazy to me. It’s unbelievable. It hurts. It hurts.”
Harvey told the news outlet he was also thankful the bystander was in the right place at the right time to quickly end what could have been an even worse situation. “This was standing your ground, in a situation like this with kids involved; not what you saw in Clearwater — that was murder,” Harvey told Florida Today, referring to a controversial shooting last month over a handicapped parking space that has sparked protests. I’m not familiar with that incident, but he’s certainly right about this one.
Posted by Dwight D Harv Harvey on Saturday, August 4, 2018