SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Were it not for two heroic strangers who risked their lives, a Kansas City mother and her baby may have not survived an attack in a Walmart parking lot. And most likely, neither would they.
It happened in Shawnee, Kansas, over the weekend, police told CNN.
Two men attacked the 39-year-old mother as she was putting her baby in a car seat. They struck her in the back of her head, said Shawnee police Maj. Dan Tennis.
Hearing the mother's screams, the brave bystanders rushed to help.
One 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.
Update to the above story:
Man charged with attempted murder at Shawnee Wal-Mart was on parole for drug, involuntary manslaughter convictions