A soldier based at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth thwarted a potential mass shooting Wednesday by striking and injuring a suspect with his vehicle, authorities said.
The service member, identified only as a 34-year-old active-duty soldier based nearby, was behind the unidentified suspect in traffic on a bridge that connects Kansas and Missouri when the suspect got out of a vehicle and opened fire, Leavenworth police Chief Pat Kitchens said.
The suspect had a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun, he said. The soldier rammed the suspect with a vehicle.
"He intentionally intervened using his vehicle to strike and injure the suspect who was actively shooting," Kitchens said. "Very likely countless lives were saved by the person that intervened and helped."
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