Concealed handgun permit holder stops gunfight in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mall

Oct 19, 2021 | Defensive Gun Use

This past Sunday, four people were injured after a fight between two teenagers at Lancaster’s Park City Center Mall escalated into a shooting this past weekend. A 16-year-old who was illegally carrying a gun started the shooting. But it could have been much worse were it not for a concealed handgun permit holder. Fortunately, 14.4% of adults in Pennsylvania have a concealed handgun permit.

A bystander armed with a gun intervened in a shooting in Park City Center on Sunday afternoon, shooting one of the participants, Lancaster police said.

The unidentified bystander, who legally possessed the firearm, had heard gunshots related to a fight between two males that knew each other, police said. The bystander remained on scene until security and police arrived.

Police said the initial shooting stemmed from an altercation between two males who knew each other and at least one of them — a 16-year-old boy — had a gun.

They, and other people then struggled for the gun and the 16 year old fired at least two shots, striking at least one of the people involved.

The bystander, who had been in a store nearby, heard the shots, came over and “then engaged the subjects fighting over the gun and fired shots, striking one of the suspects.” . . .

Dan Nephin, “Armed bystander intervenes, shoots Park City shooter; charges pending against 16-year-old: police,” Lancaster Online, October 18, 2021.