SHAWNEE, Kansas — Were it not for two good Samaritans who risked their lives, a Kansas City, Mo., mother and her baby might have not survived an attack in a Wal-Mart parking lot. And most likely, neither would they.
Two men attacked the 39-year-old mother as she was putting her baby in a car seat over the weekend. They struck her in the back of her head, Shawnee police Maj. Dan Tennis said.
Hearing the mother’s screams, the good Samaritans rushed to help.
One of them, a 33-year-old Air Force veteran, was shot multiple times when one of the attackers, later identified as John W. Simmons III, pulled out a gun.
The second rescuer had a gun of his own and he fired back, killing Simmons, police said.
The baby wasn’t hurt. Police later caught the second suspect, 27-year-old Arthur Fred Wyatt III.
On Tuesday, Wyatt was charged with attempted first-degree murder charges, aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery. He is being held in Shawnee jail.
The wounded good Samaritan remains hospitalized.
“My son is just a wonderful guy. He’d help anybody because that’s just his nature,” his mother told WDAF.
The woman who was attacked has been released from hospital and reunited with her baby.
The second good Samaritan, a 36-year-old man from De Soto, Kan., was interviewed by police and released.
The mother didn’t know the suspects.