(Although 7 people were killed in total, that number includes the gunman, but his death was deserved for his atrocious act of violence.)
A gunman in Florida was holding two people hostage in an apartment when police stormed the room he was in and shot him dead. The gunman had already killed 6 people. According to the AP communications between the crisis team and the gunman broke down and the officers decided to raid the room, ending the hostage crisis.
“The dead bodies of three women and two men were found at two apartment units inside the building, which Rodriguez said was in a ‘very quiet neighborhood.’ Another man who was walking his children into an apartment across the street also was killed. Rodriguez said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the gunman took aim at him from an upper-level balcony or if he was hit by a stray bullet.”
There are still a lot of details that have not come out yet in this early investigation, but this case highlights why Florida even has Stand Your Ground laws. As horrible as this situation has been for those involved, it did not end until someone with a gun showed up on the scene. That’s when the killing stopped, except for the killing of the gunman of course.
This attack occurred where people live, and to try to deprive someone of their right to defend themselves in their own home is just beyond ridiculous. It should have been a defensive gun use story. What do you think? Leave a comment below.