Good Samaritans Risk Lives to Save Mother from Violent Thugs in Kansas Parking Lot
An Iraq war veteran was shot in the face while trying to save a mother from a brutal assault in Kansas on Sunday. Another good Samaritan with a concealed-carry firearm was able to take the shooter out, while the other assailant ran away. The incident happened at a Shawnee, Kansas Walmart parking lot, just outside of Kansas City.
While the mother was strapping her baby into the car seat, the two black assailants approached her and repeatedly struck her in the back of her head.
Hearing the mother's screams, the good Samaritans rushed to help. One of them, 33-year-old Air Force veteran Joshua Owen, was shot multiple times when one of the attackers, later identified as John W. Simmons III, pulled out a gun. The second rescuer, who has yet to be identified, had a gun of his own and he fired back, killing Simmons, police said. The baby wasn't hurt.
Police later caught the second suspect, 27-year-old Arthur Fred Wyatt III. On Tuesday, Wyatt was charged with attempted first-degree murder charges, aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery. He pleaded not guilty and is being held in Shawnee jail. Owen, the wounded good Samaritan, remains hospitalized.
Owen's sisters-in-law created a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of his medical and living expenses while he's recovering. In just seven hours, the campaign raised nearly $30,000.
"We are so very grateful for the outpouring love and support from everything. We are so overwhelmed with emotions," Leslie Owen, the wounded man's wife, said in a message to CNN.
The second good Samaritan, a 36-year-old De Soto, Kansas, man, was interviewed by police and released.
Back in April, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed a law allowing the carrying of concealed handguns in the state without a license or a training requirement. Yesterday Missouri joined Kansas and four other states in passing such a concealed-carry law. In three of the states that have adopted permit-less carry laws similar to that of Kansas, murder rates have gone down.
Josh's GoFundMe page -- which has now raised over $88,000 -- describes some of the injuries he sustained:
Josh is suffering from three gunshot wounds. He was hit in the face, where the bullet swiped his nose, removing a large portion of the left side, traveled into his cheek shattering bones and damaging nerves and extended up to his left ear. He was also hit in his left wrist, leaving him with a broken wrist and loss of some nerve function in his hand and arm. Lastly, he was hit in his chest where the bullet traveled up into his left shoulder and remains lodged in the bone. His shoulder is also broken.
This so-called "random" black-on-white attack in Kansas was just one of thousands of such "random" attacks that have been occurring on the streets of both big- and small-town America in recent years.