As the nation struggles to grapple with the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, a local resident who went to school in Colorado has taken his concerns about gun violence to the highest level possible.
Brian Stelzer was at his house on Monday when he saw a man who looked like a former soldier walking down the street, and then the suspect opened fire.
Stelzner’s wife was also there, and they rushed outside to get their own guns.
The man walked into the residence with a shotgun and fired shots, hitting Stelzeers wife.
He was shot twice and died at the scene, according to a police report obtained by ABC News.
Stelzer said the suspect, who was also armed with a handgun, was able to escape the house before police arrived.
He has not been identified.
“This guy was shooting indiscriminately, and I don’t know why that would happen in a place like this,” Stelzi said.
“The police officer who came to the scene and took down the shots and then went back to his car, that was one of the most incredible moments of my life.
I was literally standing there, in the street watching it unfold, and the officer came back in the car and he said, ‘I’m sorry, sir, I didn’t think that you would do that.'”
Stelzi was also shot in the chest, but he is expected to survive his wounds.
Stenzer, a teacher, said he has been told by his family and friends that he is “the only one” who will be able to teach classes on firearms safety at the school.