Gunman planned mass shooting at Yellowstone National…
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Gunman planned mass shooting at Yellowstone National…

Gunman planned mass shooting at Yellowstone National…
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Last week, a tragic incident occurred at Yellowstone National Park when a gunman opened fire, wounding one park ranger. The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Samson Lucas Bariah Fussner, reportedly held the woman against her will and expressed his intention to carry out a mass shooting during Fourth of July events outside the park.

The shooting occurred in Canyon Village, a secluded area in the park far from major tourist attractions. Yellowstone 911 dispatchers received a call for help early in the morning on July 4, which alerted them to the situation. Law enforcement officers quickly responded to the scene, where they found Fussner’s empty vehicle and determined he was armed and dangerous.

More than 20 rangers were mobilized to search for Fussner and ensure the safety of park visitors and employees. In a daring confrontation near the Canyon Lodge cafeteria, rangers engaged Fussner as he fired a semi-automatic rifle. Despite the risk to their own lives, the rangers managed to neutralize the threat, resulting in Fussner’s death at the scene.

Fussner, a resident of Milton, Florida, was an employee of Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a company operating in Yellowstone. The FBI has taken over the investigation with assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming. The park service is working with the FBI to provide assistance to victims and witnesses affected by the incident.

The law enforcement officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with Park Service policy, pending the outcome of the investigation. Body-worn camera footage of the incident will be released to the public within 30 days.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly praised the rangers for their quick and decisive actions, which undoubtedly saved lives. Work is underway to provide comprehensive support to those affected by the tragic events that took place in the park.