When we think of dangerous situations, images of a darkened street late at night or trying to find your car in a deserted parking structure come to mind. Most would never imagine facing a life or death situation in the middle of the day in a Wal-Mart parking lot. But that's the frightening situation one Kansas City mother and her baby recently faced.
As she settled her infant into a car seat, two men attacked the woman, striking her in the back of the head. Fortunately, two fellow shoppers heard her screams and came running to help.
As he tried to intervene, Joshua Owen (pictured above with his daughter) was shot multiple times by one of the assailants, later identified as John W. Simmons. Though, he wasn’t the only one packing. The other hero, who has yet to be named, shot back with his own weapon, killing Simmons.
The other suspect, Arthur Fred Wyatt, III, fled but police used surveillance video to track his movements. He was later caught and charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery.
It’s an incredibly scary situation. Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that it appears to be a completely random attack. The woman says she did not know the suspects.
She has since been released from the hospital but Owen, the Air Force veteran and father who was just being a good Samaritan, remains hospitalized with extensive injuries from his multiple gunshot wounds. His family members have set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical and living expenses while he recuperates.
According to the GoFundMe page, he has already undergone some surgery but faces a long road of rehab and future surgeries to reconstruct his nose and cheek, which were ripped apart from a gunshot wound to the face.
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