A robbery attempt last week in West Fort Worth, Texas, ended badly for the culprit. Shortly after midnight on 9 May, Fort Worth resident and convicted felon Richard Lane tried to steal a car owned by Happy Donuts shop owner Chong “Angel” Randle. Randle was inside the shop preparing donuts with her mother when she saw Lane trying to steal her car. Randle rushed outside to stop the robbery, but Lane forced her back inside and attacked her with a BB rifle that apparently looked real. Lane threatened to kill Randle, who said, “If you shoot me, I will go to heaven... You go to jail.” Randle was able to free herself from Lane and run across the street. Lane gave chase and struck Randle on the back of the head, knocking her down.
Randle’s neighbor, Stanley Livingston, was awakened by the woman’s screams for help and grabbed his shotgun. When Livingston went outside to confront Lane, the criminal turned his BB rifle on him. In response, Livingston fired one round of 12-gauge buckshot, which struck Lane in the chest just as a police cruiser was passing. Lane died immediately, while Randle suffered minor injuries. As is standard practice, the incident will be turned over to a grand jury for review, but Livingston is not likely to be charged. Randle expressed appreciation for Livingston’s actions, saying, “I’m so glad that I got a good neighbor, so he help me very much. He care about us, watch out for us always.” Indeed, that is the spirit and motivation of gun-owning patriots.