An unnamed hero saved the lives of his neighbors on Saturday when an unhinged 26-year-old man began shouting for everyone to come out of an apartment complex in Fort Smith, Arkansas:
The gunman, Zachary Arnold, was reportedly a veteran with PTSD and a resident at the apartment complex. Neighbors said he was trying to lure everyone outside early in the morning and was armed with a semiautomatic rifle.
"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.
Two elderly women heeded Arnold's cries, going outside to see what was happening. After they saw the gun, they both went back inside, but Arnold pursued 87-year-old Lois Hicks and shot her multiple times, killing her.
"There were two older women, both had come out," said another neighbor. "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."
Imagine indiscriminately hunting down and shooting up an elderly woman.
What an utter act of cowardice.
Other residents scrambled back inside as Arnold then began shooting randomly into different apartments, but one neighbor grabbed his hunting rifle and shot the perp, ending his shooting spree.
"If he didn't do that, who knows how much worse it could have gotten," said another neighbor.
It takes a lot of courage to walk into the line of fire like that to confront a serious threat. This man could have simply hid inside until police arrived, but he chose to act quickly and bravely when lives were at stake.