A 67-year-old Pennsylvania man thwarted a deadly active shooter attack at the most unlikely of places: A shooting range. The shooting took place Dec. 22 at the the Pennsylvania State Game Land 109 shooting range in Greene Township. The gunman, known as Robert Eppley, 26 years old, died on the scene. Armed Citizen Fatally Shoots Active Shooter at Pennsylvania Gun Range
The fatal event started when two men took turns firing, one with a newly acquired gun, GoErie.com reports. Suddenly Eppley turned over and started shooting upright with no known motive. He was expected to take several shots, hit and kill his friend repeatedly.
An armed citizen then decided to act in an adjacent shooting lane. Identified as an Erie man of 67 years old, the man shot an active shooter back, shattering him. Eppley was declared dead on a scene by police from a torso shot, GoErie.com reported.
The police do not know of any developments that may have led to the armed attack during the shooting session. The inquiry is still underway.Armed Citizen Fatally Shoots Active Shooter at Pennsylvania Gun Range
“We continue to examine the history of these two people, their relations, to determine the reason for the firefighting,” Lt. Mark Weindorf, supervisor of the Crime Division of Troop E State Police, said at GoErie.com.
Finally, the police interrogated and released the Good Samaritan who unambiguously saved lives. Meanwhile, the patients were taken for treatment by the officials to the local hospital. He was shot several times during the attack, but later that night the hospital released him.