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Florida armed bystander stops gunman on crowded back-to-school event at the park, police say

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A bystander with a gun stops shooting in Florida park

Gunfire breaks out on a back to school event.

An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire at a Florida park filled with more than 100 people-including children-for a Saturday back-to-school cookout, officials said.

The Titusville Police Department said in a news release the man was involved in a fist fight with another person at the Issac Campbell Park and left around 5:20 p.m. — only to return with a gun minutes later and start shooting.

A bystander, who is lawfully licensed to carry a firearm, then shot the gunman.

“We are very grateful that no one else was injured in this incident,” Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a statement. “This defendant opened fire on a crowded public park. This can be so much worse.”

The shooting took place on Saturday at the Isaac Campbell Park.

(Titusville Police)

The shooter, whose weapon was recovered at the scene, was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured during the gunfight.

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A DJ whose family organised the event in the park told Florida Today he stood under a pavilion when he heard that at least a dozen shots ring out.

Dwight Harvey was streaming the event live on its Facebook page, when the shooting started. Children and parents can be seen in the video to go by means of stocks at the photos suddenly sounded, WFTV reported.

“I was like who lit the fireworks? I turned around and said, ” Oh, no, he has a gun, he has a gun,'” Harvey said to the newspaper.

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Harvey told the news outlet he was grateful for the bystander in the right place at the right time to quickly end what could have been an even worse situation.

“This was in the ground, in a situation like this with the kids involved; not what you saw in Clearwater — that was murder,” Harvey told Florida Today, referring to a controversial shooting last month about a disabled car park that’s led to protests.

The bystander who shot the suspect waited for officers, and is fully cooperative with the investigation, police said. Neither the pitcher nor the viewer, are identified.

Matthews said that no charges are expected to be filed against the bystander, as his actions were “in the law on the basis of the preliminary investigation.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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