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Mass Shooting Thwarted By Armed Bystander Who Shot Back

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA — A 50-year-old man was arrested after police say he fired his gun into a crowd of people. He wasn’t able to get off many shots, however, because someone in the crowd was armed themselves and fired back.

Taking fire himself, the suspect threw his gun into a parking lot and attempted to flee, none of which worked in his favor.

Was it an attempted mass shooting? Who knows. Maybe, maybe not. What we do know is that armed resistance is what stopped the suspect from shooting more into the crowd.

But the charges that the suspect is facing, one in particular, is interesting:

Williams faces charges for firing a weapon in public; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – without intent to kill, possession of a firearm by a felon, and resisting arrest.

I’m sure that there is a reason to have such a charge, but it’s just silly to me. If you fire a gun into a crowd of people, there’s a very good chance that you will kill someone. Intent or not, it’s definitely a possiblity that someone will die.

And you should be charged for that. If it were with intent to kill, the penalty would be higher. Just keep it all the same and with the maximum penalties, but that’s just my opinion.

You do dumb stuff, you get dumb prizes.

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