A potential mass shooting at an apartment complex in Arkansas was thwarted after an armed resident neutralized the shooter, authorities report.
The incident, which took place on May 15 in the city of Fort Smith, involved a 26-year-old male named Zachary Arnold.
Arnold, who was armed with a rifle, began shooting randomly at neighboring apartments and attempted to lure people out.
“He was yelling and screaming, “You guys get out here, come out here, everyone get out of this building right now,” said resident Janey Peugh.
One woman, 87-year-old Lois Hicks approached Arnold alongside another individual in hopes of consoling the individual, unaware that he was the shooter.
“There were two older women, both had come out. One of them had ran back in, and the other one ran back in, but she didn’t close her door, then he walked in and did what he did,” resident Amber Lane recounted.
Arnold began shooting blindly at residential structures, forcing residents to dive for cover.
Then, one resident stepped up with a rifle of his own, neutralizing Arnold and securing the scene.
Arnold, who succumbed to his wounds, was vaguely reported as a casualty of the incident by Channel 5 News.
“Fort Smith shooting leaves two people dead,” the article’s title read.
For residents, however, the intervention of an armed citizen was a blessing.
“If he didn’t do that, who knows how much worse it could have gotten,” said Lane.
Channel 5 News noted that Arnold’s family claimed that the aggressor was a veteran who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, though no records could be pulled at this time.
The family stated that Arnold owned a firearm because he was an avid hunter.
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