Saturday morning in Fort Smith, Arkansas, 26-year-old Zachary Arnold stood outside, loudly demanding that other residents come out of their apartments. Allegedly, when 87-year-old Lois Hicks complied with his demand, he forced her back into her apartment and killed her. It appeared that he had no intentions of stopping there. Arnold, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, continued demanding that other residents come out while firing into some of the apartments. It was a terrifying scene:
Neighbors who witnessed the shooting say Arnold was trying to persuade people to come outside of their apartment buildings.
“He was yelling and screaming, “You guys get out here, come out here, everyone get out of this building right now,” says Janey Peugh, a resident of the apartment complex.
Another resident, Amber Lane, says Lois Hicks and Arnold live in the same building. She says Hicks and another neighbor went outside to console Arnold, but when they saw the gun, they ran back inside their apartments.
“There were two older women, both had come out. 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,” says Lane.
An unnamed resident of the apartment complex fired on and killed Arnold with a hunting rifle. That man was a hero who may have saved a lot of lives. Yes, eventually the police would have arrived, but how many people would have come out to be murdered or would have been killed through the wall with Arnold’s shots? Who knows how many lives that good guy with a gun saved? In any case, it’s just like the old saying goes. “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”
John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here and Twitter here.
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