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Bystander shoots, kills person who threatened to 'shoot the crowd up'

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The tables turned on an armed person who was shot and killed after announcing plans to "shoot up the crowd" on Sunday night.

The West Palm Beach Police were dispatched to a family gathering after reports of gunshots were heard at 10:42 p.m. on Aug. 7.

According to officers, a 911 call came in saying someone had been shot, the caller also said he shot the person who took a short-barreled shotgun out of a car, threatening to "shoot the crowd up".

After an investigation, detectives say a fight broke out between two women, which turned into a brawl of around 20 people. The suspected gunman was 22 years old and from West Palm Beach, but the name and gender have not been released.

The police department says the 22-year-old refused to drop the weapon after multiple people confronted the suspect.

That's when a 32-year-old man fired his weapon, hitting the armed suspect. The man had a concealed weapon license and remained on the scene with police to cooperate with the investigation.

Detectives say the 22-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene and they are treating this as an isolated incident and are not seeking any other suspects. No charges are pending at this time.

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The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.

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