Two Good Samaritans risked their lives to help save a mother and her baby after they were attacked in a Walmart parking lot.
Two suspects approached the woman in the parking lot of a Shawnee, Kansas, Walmart and hit her over the head — prompting a Good Samaritan to step in and try to protect her.
The Good Samaritan was shot multiple times by one of the suspects, and another bystander shot back soon after. One suspect was killed, but the other fled the scene.
The mother was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but she was later upgraded to fair condition. The baby was unharmed.
The suspect who fled, 27-year-old Arthur Wyatt, was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery.
Wyatt was arrested after police initially detained the wrong person — a young man who matched the description of the suspect. That young man’s mother, Janet Lewis, spoke to WDAF about the incident.
“As I come pulling up, I see them arresting my son. I didn’t make it to park the car because as I seen my son, and the police around my only child, I sped up,” she said. “He was a little pissed off. I’m going to put it out there. He was pissed off.”
The Good Samaritan who was shot — a 33-year-old Iraq War veteran — was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. The suspect who was shot and killed was ultimately identified as 28-year-old John Simmons III.
The story quickly went viral, with many readers praising the brave actions of the two Good Samaritans who stepped in to help.
“Thank you to the Good Samaritans who saved this mother and baby. Thankfully, at least one of them had a gun and was able to stop the killing of and innocent mother and her child,” one reader commented on Mad World News’ Facebook page.