SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - George Gobel received an impromptu visit from a strange man. Little did he know that man would go on a shooting spree that would rock the city of Shelbyville on Saturday night . Police would later identify the shooter as 22-year-old Lyman Dawson. Gobel said his encounter with Dawson was frightening.
"He said, 'Hey man what's up,'" said Gobel. "I said, 'Nothing.'" Gobel claims at that point, the conversation turned from mundane to strange. "He said, "'I'm going to go over here and start some trouble.'" At that point, Gobel suspected the man was drunk or high.
"He was ready to go; you could tell he was out of control. He was all hippy to hop and ready to go," said Gobel as he described Dawson's body language.
Gobel went into his house to avoid the man, and later reported hearing shots. According to police, those shots came from Dawson. The gunman was trying to break into a car at Family Home Video store. Someone passing by spotted Dawson and confronted him. That good samaritan paid the price. Police say Dawson shot him in the leg. Officers say Dawson then ran through a neighborhood firing more shots.
Finally, police caught up with Dawson. But the gunman wasn't ready to put down his weapon. Authorities said he fired at them. And those would be his final shots. Police shot back, and Dawson fell. He's currently in Wishard Hospital in critical condition.
Those who know the 22-year-old believe he may have been on some type of substance. But police have yet to confirm those suspicions.
When Gobel learned about the damage Dawson caused after their brief encounter, he took a deep breath - relieved that he hadn't been one of Dawson's targets.
"I know my parents were looking down on me," he said.
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