When a man got out of his truck armed with two guns and randomly started shooting at vehicles, an active duty soldier didn’t hesitate to intervene.
Master Sgt. David Royer was talking to his fiancé on Bluetooth when he spotted the man with a semi-automatic rifle on Centennial Bridge which connects Kansas and Missouri.
He told her to call 911 to report an active shooter on the bridge before telling her he “had to go,” according to CNN.
Sgt. Royer, from Kansas, rammed his truck into the shooter and trapped him saving “countless lives,” then went home hugged his kids, mowed the lawn and had dinner.
“I don’t necessarily myself feel like I’m a hero,” the military police officer said, as per CNN.
“I feel as if most people in my situation would have done the same thing. There was nothing else I could do… I knew lives were in danger.”
The man was armed with two weapons when he stepped out of his vehicle and started shooting, leaving one motorist wounded.
“I assessed the situation very quickly, looked around and took the only action possible that I felt I could take,” he told reporters.
“I accelerated my truck as quickly as possible and struck the active shooter and pinned him underneath my truck.”
The wounded motorist and the gunman are both in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
“What was a very, very dangerous situation fortunately was ended quite quickly and … very likely countless lives were saved by the person who intervened and helped,” Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said.
After disabling the shooter Sgt. Royer turned the gunman’s engine off and administered first aid until emergency services arrived.
“After the incident was over I was pretty calm,” he said. “But when I got home I just wanted to get everything back to normal — get to my kids, give them a hug and then I mowed my grass, ate dinner and spent time with my family.”
The repercussions of such a dangerous incident had David not stepped in does not bear thinking about. Thank goodness for heroes like him.
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