Just two days after the Texas massacre, a gunman in West Virginia pulled out a rifle and began shooting at dozens of people attending a party in the city of Charleston.
Dennis Butler, 37, began firing an AR-15-style rifle into a crowd of people that had gathered for a birthday-graduation party outside an apartment complex in Charleston. A woman who was also attending the party, drew a pistol and fired, killing Butler with the utmost bravado instead of getting scared of the threat.
ICYMI: New details emerge from a shooting incident that occurred in Charleston Wednesday evening. Police said a woman who was lawfully carrying a pistol shot and killed a man who began shooting at a crowd of people.https://t.co/Xk1fsfeeIC
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No one at the party was injured. After fatally shooting Butler, the woman waited along with several witnesses for police to arrive, and all have cooperated with the investigation, authorities said.
“Instead of running from the threat, she engaged with the threat and saved several lives last night,” Chief of Detectives Tony Hazelett told news outlets Thursday.
Butler was at the apartment complex earlier in the evening in a vehicle and had been warned to slow down because children were playing, police said. They said he left, but returned later, parked in front of the complex, and began firing.
As it stands, no charges would be filed against the woman.