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Retired Marine and former Pan Am/Delta Pilot,
John Lovell is top gun at Subway sandwich shop..!
Plantation, Florida: Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery: The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.
According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.
When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 Units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.
Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center , where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.
Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.
He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."
Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life', even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71-year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot. Outstanding shooting! That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.
Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Don't you just love a story with a happy ending?
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Great story.This is why you should carry a gun.
I can't help but wonder if Subway is gun friendly??
"Confidence is food for the wise man but liquor for the fool"
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You can educate ignorance, you can't fix stupid
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I believe this is the best line in the whole article. Thugs, take heed!Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."
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This is the best thing I've read all day.!
There was a incident in Indy 20-25 years ago where a punk robbed a Hardees on the east side. He then told all the patrons to get in a cooler. One patron stood up, shot and killed the perp and walked out. He may not have had a LTC or other legal issues so he didn't stick around. The employees REFUSED to give a accurate description knowing that when you get herded into a cooler it is usually a one way trip and this guy saved their lives. LOVE stories like this!
This story about the old marine, is OLD news. Happened a long time ago. Just being repeated, over and over. Still a good story.
Did some research and found out it happened in 2007. I am including a article in an Oregon paper about what the suspect that survived grandparents had to say. What a load of horse crap.......
This is a great story, too bad Dade, Broward, and PalmBeach seem to be getting in the news like this almost daily. Awesome shooting by the old man. I'd love to know what he was carrying and the round type. These guys probably would have gotten away with the cash and unhurt if they didn't try lock this guy up in a room.
Ayoob did a full write up in his LE page in the gun rag a couple years back. If I remember right, one was DRT, (DEAD RIGHT THERE). They took him to the restroom in the back of the store, and one waited outside the door, while the other went inside holding him at gunpoint. He was ordered to kneel, and he decided to not go out on his knees, so he pulled a Para Ordance 45 and went to work. Really good story.
They probably spilled his coffee. Never mess with a Devil Dog's coffee.