Gunman Planned Mass Shooting at Yellowstone National Park, Killed by Rangers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park rangers heroically thwarted a potential mass shooting by taking down a gunman who opened fire at a dining facility with about 200 people inside. The attacker, identified as 28-year-old Samson Lucas Bariah Fussner from Milton, Florida, was shot and killed during the incident.

According to park officials, prior to the shooting, Fussner had held a woman at gunpoint and revealed his intentions to carry out a mass shooting. The woman reported that he had threatened to harm her and others, including a plan to target July 4 events outside the park. Law enforcement rangers swiftly responded to the situation, locating Fussner’s vehicle but not the suspect himself.

After an intense search effort involving over 20 law enforcement rangers, Fussner was finally confronted as he approached a service entrance to the Canyon Lodge dining facility at around 8 a.m. Thursday. Despite the rapid response of the rangers, Fussner opened fire and was fatally shot at the scene. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported, thanks to the quick and heroic actions of the law enforcement rangers present.

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly praised the law enforcement rangers for their bravery, stating that their actions had saved many lives that day. The FBI has since launched an investigation into the incident, in accordance with National Park Service policy. Meanwhile, the involved law enforcement rangers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

As Yellowstone National Park works to ensure the safety of its visitors and employees, Canyon Lodge remains partially closed following the traumatic events. The park, known for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife, continues to attract tourists from around the world despite this unsettling incident.