A shooting rampage that left three people dead and one seriously hurt on Friday night in Florida would have claimed at least one more victim were it not for a passing driver who accidentally ran over the shooter, incapacitating him.
George Mason III, 42, allegedly snapped before gunning down his 81-year-old grandmother, brother and the mother of his two children at their Brooksville home.
A driver who didn’t see Mason in the darkness smashed into the convicted felon, breaking his leg, arm and neck, before he could finish off his wounded half-brother Gabriel Taylor.
Brooksville police Chief George Turner told the Tampa Bay Times that the driver inadvertently saved lives.
‘He hit a murderer who was on a rampage,’ Turner said. ‘That truck driver, he was just a guy driving through the area, but he probably saved lives…He took out the shooter who was obviously hell bent on shooting people.’
Unfortunately the car did not come soon enough to save Mason’s grandmother Jannie V. Taylor, sibling Ralph Ray Peyton, 29, or the mother of his children Tarasha Townsend, 37.
All three died at the scene. Gabriel Taylor found bleeding in a driveway and was rushed to a hospital.
Read more: Daily Mail