November 16th, 2007 04:50 AM
These Folks Can't Hang on to their Weapons
AVERTOWN, Pa. -- Police said Wednesday a mother wrestled away a gun from a carjacker who tried to take her car with her 7-year-old daughter inside.
Chopper 10 was over the scene at Bellfield Avenue and Route 1, where police were using metal detectors and a search dog.
Bellfield Avenue was shut down for the investigation. Firefighters arrived with lights so police could continue the investigation.
Police said the 37-year-old woman was leaving work at the Sunny Days Early Child Development Services facility on Township Line when she said she was approached by two men who got out of a black Jeep. After a brief conversation, one pointed a gun at her and demanded her SUV.
Police said the woman pleaded with the gunmen to allow her to retrieve her 7-year-old daughter out of the backseat. As she helped the child out, she grabbed the gun from the carjacker's lap. The woman then began to back away, with the gunmen following in an attempt to retrieve the gun.
Police said the gun went off in the struggle.
While neither the mother nor daughter were injured, it was unknown if their attackers were hurt. The gunmen got the weapon back, and one jumped into the victim's SUV and drove up Belfield Avenue, while the other was picked up around the corner on Township Line in the black Jeep they had pulled up in, NBC 10 News reported.
Police said they were looking for at least three men, their black Jeep, and the victim's 2007 White Over Black Toyota FJ Cruiser.
November 16th, 2007 09:30 AM
She should have used it as soon as he started towards her. But, at least all ended well. They are OK and maybe a bad guy has a leaky hole in him.
The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. SgtD
November 16th, 2007 09:38 AM
Would have been a bonus if she'd shot him with his own gun, but I ain't gonna complain about how that one turned out.
"...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."
Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.
November 16th, 2007 03:27 PM
Don't screw with a mother or her cubs.
Even thugs should know better.
Lex et Libertas — Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis!
"Not only do the people who put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us deserve better, we all deserve better than to have our own security undermined by those who undermine law enforcement." -Thomas Sowell
November 25th, 2007 04:28 PM
A woman protecting her child can be formidable. They seem to get an extra adrenaline boost from somewhere.
November 26th, 2007 09:11 AM
i agree, as he came toward her, she should have used it.
at least she ended up ok
November 26th, 2007 10:34 AM
Unfortunately today like knowing how to drive a manual transmission basic useful skills are not being taught to people as children/young adults and such when they get older and are faced with a less than optimal situation they find themselves jammed up. Stuck.
Originally Posted by friesepferd
Likely she had no clue as to how to manipulate and use a pistol nor discussion with a parent/guardian/adult that hey someday someway you may be selected by a hyena as lunch and that you'll have the choice to either fight, die, or hope/pray/depend on 'luck' and/or 911 to save the day.
In this case she got lucky that the hyena made the choice to upon retrieving his weapon to not do her more harm than had already occurred.
"Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy
"A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing
November 26th, 2007 11:29 AM
I agree with Janq, she only survived because of luck. I am really surprised the guy who may have been shot didn't shoot them both for the trouble. She should have pulled the trigger sooner and move often.
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