Concealed Handgun Permit Holder Stops Mass Public Shooting in Brownsburg, Indiana

Jul 17, 2020 | Defensive Gun Use

Here is another example where police have said that if it wasn’t for the presence of a legal concealed handgun permit holder many others could have been killed. Fortunately, one of the people wounded in the shooting had a permitted concealed handgun and was able to then get out of his car and shoot the attacker. Indiana has 18.5% of the adult population with concealed handgun permits.

22-year-old Joshua Christopher Hayes launched an unprovoked attack against two men working in Brownsburg Cemetery Tuesday around 1:15 p.m. Hayes first chased 36-year-old Seth Robertson to a nearby intersection before he fatally shot Robertson.

Hayes then chased after the second man and shot a third man who was stopped at a traffic light nearby. The third man was legally armed and fatally shot Hayes.

“This tragic event could have been much more disastrous. So, victim three not only saved victim two’s life, but he saved potentially the lives of many others,” BPD Capt. Jennifer Barrett. “Victim three did exactly what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day.”

Travis Robinson, “Mental health issues contributed to fatal Brownsburg shooting,” WISHTV (Indianapolis), July 16, 2020.

“One of those bullets actually went through my client’s vehicle window. He was actually injured with shrapnel, my client was.”

After he killed Robertson, he chased the other man and put a pistol to his head, said Relford [the lawyer for the concealed handgun permit holder].

“My client looked at that and realized there was one thing he could do and that was take action to save an innocent life,” said Relford. “The scenario was fairly clear to him in that one person was chasing another and the other was saying, no no no, please don’t shoot me!.”


Our list of other similar cases where permit holders have stopped mass public shootings is available here.



  1. Ezkl2230

    Capt, Barrett, as much as I agree that victim 3 did “what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day,” I’m afraid many in power would disagree with you: “… It may be true that someone… had his own gun and killed the person who murdered… other people, but it’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun…”

    Of course, Bloomberg hides behind hand picked, armed guards….



    • Sue Townsend

      You must not have the ability to think for yourself if you’d rather wait for the police to magically show up to protect your life than to have someone legally carrying on the spot to stop the person from killing you. A village somewhere is looking for you

    • Jin

      EZKL2230, Exactly how long do you think it would have taken and how many more people would have died, including both the second and third victims, before law enforcement could get there with their guns and “to decide when to shoot”? Your statement is about the most naive, moronic, senseless thing I’ve read in awhile, considering I’ve heard AOC speak lately. And Jenn, how do you know it’s a hate crime? I didn’t see anything about the gender of the second and third victims, nor about anyone’s race, etc. in fact, we know nothing but the attacker’s name and the name of the first victim.

    • Kathleen Bolanowski

      As long as you weren’t the victim with a gun to your head begging for your life! Your about as intelligent as a door knob!

  2. Jenn

    Mental health? MY A$$. IT’S A HATE CRIME!!!


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