Soldier saved lives by stopping shooter on bridge

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2020

The suspect fired at oncoming vehicles "with no particular association" using a handgun and semi-automatic rifle, hitting a separate soldier who was at the scene.

An unnamed active-duty soldier is being called a "hero" for stopping an active shooter with his auto near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Wednesday (May 27).

A soldier stationed in Kansas saved "countless lives" Wednesday when he hit a man with his auto as the man was shooting randomly at people on a bridge near an Army base, a police chief said.

Officers were called to the Centennial Bridge at 11 a.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired that originally was thought to be a case of road rage, Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens told the station.

The shooting incident was contained to the bridge and all parties have been detained.

In a news conference, Kitchens said the incident started on the Kansas side of the bridge.

The Ft. Leavenworth soldier who hit the suspect was "waiting in traffic", and intervened once he determined it was an active shooting incident, Kitchens said. The unidentified suspect was pinned beneath the vehicle until police arrived.

'The soldier intervened by striking the shooter with his vehicle, causing him to be critically injured, but ending the encounter with the active shooter and likely saving countless lives, ' the police chief said. The other injured soldier was the only other injury reported.

Two cars on the bridge were hit by gunfire but the passengers were not hurt. The window of one of the cars was hit with at least seven bullets, according to reports. Kitchens said the gunman appeared to have randomly opened fire on cars. "The person was simply, randomly firing at vehicles as they passed by", he said.

The wounded soldier and the suspect were brought to a nearby hospital.

Arriving officers found one man with a gunshot wound and another man trapped under a auto, WDAF said, adding that emergency crews took both to a hospital with serious injuries.

One lane on the bridge was reportedly already closed for road work before the shooting occurred, and was closed for five hours by police officers as they investigated the scene. 'That's a hero to me, ' she said of the soldier.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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