MTO News learned that a shootout broke out at a back to school event in Titusville, Florida yesterday.
An armed bystander is believed to have shot a man who open-fired on a back to school event at a Titusville park following a fistfight. Police claim that the shooting occurred at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street shortly after 5:20 p.m.
According to police, 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.
The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers and has been fully cooperative with the investigation, police said. He is not expected to be charged with the incident.
According to the local USA Today affiliate:
Dwight Harvey was standing beneath a shaded pavilion watching children and parents sort through backpacks at a ‘Peace in the City’ cookout when at least a dozen gunshots rattled off nearby.
“I was like, who lit firecrackers? I turned around and just said, ‘Oh no, he’s got a gun, he’s got a gun,’” recalled Harvey, the DJ whose family organized the back-to-school event Saturday at Isaac Campbell Park in Titusville.
“I thought to myself, ‘did this just happen?’ People were taking cover, everybody was scattered,” said Harvey, who told children amid the screams and chaos to run. Sunday, Harvey said he was thankful that a private citizen 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 said, referring to the controversial shooting in July that left a man dead after a fight over a handicapped parking space.