Hero woman shoots gunman dead and saves lives after he opened fired at US party

A woman from the US is being called a hero after shooting a man who opened fire on a crowd of people using a semi-automatic rifle.

The unnamed woman was attending a birthday party in Charleston, West Virginia, when Dennis Butler entered and opened fire at the group of around 40 people.

The woman, however, also had a gun on her and shot back and prevented the whole crowd from injuries or death.

Police say the 37-year-old shooter has an extensive criminal history and using an AR-15 type rifle in the incident. He was killed when the woman shot back.

A spokesperson for the police, Tony Hazelett, said the woman will not be charged on the grounds of self defence and that she mostly ‘saved several lives’ by firing back.

He said: 'She's just a member of the community who was carrying her weapon lawfully.

'And instead of running from the threat she engaged with the threat and saved several lives.'

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No one else was harmed during the incident that took place late on Wednesday (May 25) on the Northeast side of Charleston.

Taking questions at a press conference, Hazelett said the incident may have been triggered by Butler being told to slow down while driving through an area where children were playing at the party.

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He said the felon left his apartment complex, before coming back with the assault weapon and firing aimlessly into the crowd.

WCHS Eyewitness News reports that the woman who was also attending the party drew her own weapon and shot him back, killing him.

It has also come out that Butler had frequently been arrested in West Virginia and his cases often dropped due to witnesses failing to appear in court.

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In 2016, he was faced with charges of unlawful and malicious wounding after a woman was shot in Charlestown.

This incident happened just days after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which saw Salvador Ramos kill two teachers, 19 children and even his own grandmother before being shot down himself.

While Ramos was legally allowed to buy his own firearm, it is currently under investigation how Butler got his hands on his. As a convicted felon, it was illegal for him to be in possession of the weapon.

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