That time the Good Guy had a Gun: Philly Edition


 

Just yesterday I took a look at an anti gun commercial which tied each firearm in a fake Manhattan gun shop to a tragic incidence of gun violence. I didn’t expect to find the perfect counter balance this morning, in the six men and children that could have lost their lives in a barbershop shooting in Philadelphia.

The following took place over the weekend. A good guy with a gun literally stepped into the line of fire in a Mantua barbershop and saved some lives in the process. I’m biased. After all, I have a blog called Daddys-Gun. Below is the story as it appeared by CBS Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say the lives of several people were likely saved by a man who shot and killed a gunman inside a West Philadelphia barbershop.

It happened just before 3 p.m. Sunday inside Falah Barbershop Inc. along the 600 block of North Preston Street in the city’s Mantua section.

Police say a 40-year-old man was inside the barbershop when he started fighting with another person inside. The altercation quickly escalated and the man pulled out a gun and opened fire.

At that point, authorities say, another unidentified man took out his own gun and the shot the gunman multiple times in the chest. He was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The man who shot and killed him later surrendered to authorities at 16th District headquarters, but it wasn’t immediately known if he would face any charges.

“The person who responded was a legal gun permit carrier,” said Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Llewellyn. “He responded and I guess he saved a lot of people in there.”

Police say there was a crowd of patrons inside the shop at the time of the shooting, including several children, but no one else was injured.

“There were numerous people in there,” Captain Llewellyn said. “So it could have been a lot worse.”

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, but say it appears this was a case of self-defense.

via Man Shot Dead Inside West Philadelphia Barbershop « CBS Philly.

 

 

“I Feared for my Life, But I Wasn’t Ready to Die” 82 Year Old Burglary Victim Kills Two

 

82 year old Annabelle Williams killed two would be burglars this week.
82 year old Annabelle Williams killed two would be burglars this week.

Update: After a reader asked me where Mrs. William’s showdown took place I did a bit of fact finding and found that there were very few verifiable facts to back up this story. I can’t say for sure that it was made up, but let’s face it, there is no city mentioned anywhere in the blogs that I sourced the story from, no names of responding officers and no names of assailants. In other words, until someone shows me otherwise, Mrs. Annabelle Williams is fiction. I apologize.

I’ll be keeping the post up  in the name of all of the real pistol packing grandmas out there. 

That’s Annabelle Williams. Last week she turned 82 and killed two teenage burglars.

It’s hard to imagine the kind of people who would want to break into Mrs. Williams’ home. The why is easy. They thought that she was an easy target. She lives alone. There were no vicious dogs chained in the front yard, and no 200 pound grandson sleeping in the spare room. Barring the mastery of an esoteric martial art, they should have been able to walk in, grab her things and leave. And if she woke up? Who knows.

But Mrs. Williams did wake up to the sound of glass shattering in the other bedroom. Her suspicions that it was just a broken tree branch were proven wrong when she heard voices.

It wasn’t the first time someone had taken her as an easy target. Mrs. Williams was mugged 10 years ago. The assault prompted her to buy a gun, which she kept on her night stand. When she heard the voices she prayed to God to guide her hand as she fired five shots into the shadows, hitting one boy in his chest, another in his stomach. Both teens lost their lives. A third escaped but was quickly picked up and charged with breaking an entering.

It’s hard to celebrate when two young men lay dead on the floor, but Williams is an inspiration. She refused to live her life in fear, and took her safety into her own hands.

It reminds me of my Aunt Evelyn, who kept a tiny 25 caliber pistol in her purse. She lived in West Philadelphia in a neighborhood that she had seen deteriorate from working class to drug ravaged in the course of a single generation.

She said that she used to practice by shooting into the plaster walls of her basement. I don’t know how true that is, but I know I wouldn’t want to be the one to test her.