The woman stops the mass murder, shoots the man with a gun when he shot over 40 people

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A woman attending a party stopped possible mass shootings in the US when she pulled out her gun and shot dead a man who had opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle on a crowd.

The attacker was asked to stop speed shortly before returning and target the group of 30 to 40 people in Charleston, West Virginia, reports the BBC.

Police spokesman Tony Hazelett said the woman's quick response saved lives.

The suspect had been driving around the area Wednesday night when he was warned to slow down because the children were playing.

He returned armed with an AR-15 rifle and opened fire from his vehicle on his birthday and graduation party outside the city apartment complex.

Hazelett told a news conference that the woman who fired the shot had no history of being part of the public order force. She has not been identified.

"She is just a member of the community holding her gun legally," he said. "And instead of running away from the threat, she got involved with the threat and saved several lives," the spokesman said.

The woman remained at the scene after the shooting and is cooperating with investigators and according to the police no charges will be brought against her.

Dennis Butler, a 37-year-old with an extensive criminal history, was found dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

Hazelett said it was not yet clear how Butler obtained the weapon, which he was not legally allowed to carry as a convicted felon.21Media