Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Happy Ending

Mossad Ayoob, popular gun/police writer, interviews the owners of a jewelry store that was targeted by two would-be armed thieves. Great story, as written in American Handgunner magazine's May/June 2003 issue:
It's a quarter past ten AM, fifteen minutes after opening, when the two men rush through the door wearing ski masks. One is physically huge, pulling along a wheeled suitcase with one hand and wielding what Gary recognizes as a blue steel Army .45 automatic in the other. The second, average-sized, stands a few steps inside the doorway with a sawed-off shotgun. "You don't believe it's happening," Gary will say in a guest lecture to one of my LFI classes later. "It takes a few moments for the reality to sink in." The one with the pistol is rapidly moving up the aisle toward him, screaming, "We're here to clean you out!" The man with the shotgun fires a blast into a display case, and the employee behind that counter dives to the floor.

The reality has sunk in. Gary Baker's hand closes over the rubbery stock of a Rossi .38.

The fight is on.

Very interesting story; I especially appreciated that the police didn't put the jewelry store owners/employees through the wringer...if only all the LE community was that understanding.