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    Great-grandmother who shot robber says 'God was with me'
    Ironton woman not likely to be charged, police say
    Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:40 PM

    By John Futty

    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH




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    When an armed robber barged into a North Side motel room Wednesday night and ordered the six people there to the floor, he put a 70-year-old woman closer to her handgun.

    The great-grandmother knelt between the beds, reached into her purse on the floor and pulled out her .357 Magnum pistol.

    She fired one shot at the robber, who staggered from the room, collapsed in the parking lot and died.

    "It's a wonder she didn't shoot us all," said her 51-year-old son, who was preparing to hand over his cash when he heard the gunshot. "She's the worst shot in the world.


    (Mom's got bigger huevos than the son, apparently.)

    "She said to me, 'God was with me tonight. You know I couldn't have done that myself.'"

    None of the family members, who live in Ironton, wanted to be identified, fearing retaliation; and the woman didn't want to be interviewed. They have moved to a different room in the motel.

    "She's torn all to pieces," her son said. "Who would ever want to shoot someone?"

    Wayne Winston, 25, died of a single gunshot wound in the chest, Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said yesterday. Police listed his address as "streets of Columbus."

    (AMF!)

    The woman has a permit to carry a concealed gun, her son said, and carries the gun she inherited from her late husband.

    Asked to describe his mother, he said, "Religious. She's always been my hero."

    The family was staying in a first-floor room at the Continent Inn, near I-71 and Rt. 161, while attending the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. The son said he was in the room with his mother, his wife, his daughter and son-in-law and a family friend.

    The door was partially open so the adults could stay within earshot of two girls, ages 12 and 17, in the room next door.

    The son said the door flew open shortly after 9 p.m. and they found themselves confronted by a man who pointed a black handgun at them and said, "Everybody here knows what the game is." He told them to get on the floor and began demanding money from the son and his son-in-law, who were closest to the door. The gunman seemed angry that the son-in-law had only $14.

    "I was going into my pocket for money" when a shot rang out and the gunman ran from the room, the son said. "I thought I was shot. I didn't realize my mother had shot him. It was mass chaos."

    (The son's a Drama Queen too.)

    He still wasn't sure what had happened when he went outside and saw the intruder's body in the parking lot. Then he heard a second shot. His mother, the gun at her side, had tensed up and "squeezed off another shot into the floor," he said.

    (Whoops!)

    Columbus police don't expect to file charges against the woman but said the case probably will be presented to a Franklin County grand jury as a routine procedure. The son said the officers who met with his family were "extremely supportive."

    He has a horse farm and is attending the Quarter Horse Congress to watch his 21-year-old daughter compete and to support others who train at his farm.

    Word of the shooting spread quickly yesterday among those attending the event, which is in its third and final week at the Ohio Expo Center.

    "That's a hell of a woman," said George Wyeth, 63, of Claysville, Pa. "I don't blame her a bit. You pull a gun on someone, you ought to get shot."

    "I give her a lot of credit," said Beverly Hicks, 77, of Perrysburg in northwestern Ohio, who doesn't know many people her age who carry guns. "I'd be afraid to carry a gun."

    (Would she be more afraid of being murdered?)

    Police Sgt. Ken Tischler, a community liaison officer, said armed robberies of motel guests near the Continent are rare, but he had warned people attending the Congress about a rash of vehicle break-ins at motels in the I-71 and Rt. 161 area - 102 thefts from autos between mid-August and late September.

    (Rash? 'Sounds like an epidemic..)

    jfutty@dispatch.com


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    You go granny. As for her ungrateful son, yeah, he is lucky he's still alive after making a comment like that!
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    Wow, what a great story of a person who defended herself and her family! Again, another righteous example of why it is an acceptable and prudent thing to carry a firearm in public.

    Granny is a credit to the pro-gun and pro-carry communities. She's not a bad shot after all.

    Though, she goofed up badly with the ND. Thank God she didn't shoot someone else...



    BTW, I don't understand the slagging of the son for a couple of out-of-context quotes...

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    HankT wrote:
    BTW, I don't understand the slagging of the son for a couple of out-of-context quotes...
    Simple... he's a WUSS.

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    Police Sgt. Ken Tischler, a community liaison officer, said armed robberies of motel guests near the Continent are rare, but he had warned people attending the Congress about a rash of vehicle break-ins at motels in the I-71 and Rt. 161 area - 102 thefts from autos between mid-August and late September
    This place sounds like a exellent location for frequent OC get togethers.

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    HankT wrote
    BTW, I don't understand the slagging of the son for a couple of out-of-context quotes...
    Because he's apparently a mouth breathing idiot more concerned about giving quippy quotes to the news people than preserving the safety of his family. None of the others involved elected to be interviewed, while he apparently did so quite freely, and it seems he was only too glad to disparage his mother multiple times in the process.

    This is the type of person who is the worst enemy to someone who just used a firearm (or any other tool, really) to defend themselves. They have uncontrollable mouths and are publicity seeking... Even if they suppose talking to the newsfolk is innocent enough at the time, they stand a great chance of hurting a potential court case or civil suit of a defendant.

    When someone like this is on your side, a couple innocent answers to innocent questions could end up sailing you down **** creek.

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    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    Great-grandmother who shot robber says 'God was with me'
    Ironton woman not likely to be charged, police say
    Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:40 PM

    By John Futty

    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH



    <snip>
    jfutty@dispatch.com
    couple things...

    GO GRANNY!

    Go gramps for leaving granny with the means to protect herself and her family and the good sense to carry it with her everywhere she could.

    WTF! What kind of crazy man kicks in the door when 6 adults are present. You know this guy was up to no good.

    thankfully he didnt go next store to the kids room. god knows what could have happened then.

    1 less BG in the world - I ain't cryin'

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

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    Sounds like the son was in on the job and is covering his but.

    Did grandma keep the gun? Sure sounds like she still needed it
    in that neighborhood.


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    SlackwareRobert wrote:
    Sounds like the son was in on the job and is covering his but.

    Did grandma keep the gun? Sure sounds like she still needed it
    in that neighborhood.
    Would not be the first time it had happened. I am always still amazed idiots like him can have that mindset when they personally see a firearm save everyone's life that night including his. Ungrateful bastered.
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    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    HankT wrote:
    BTW,* I don't understand the slagging of the son for a couple of out-of-context quotes...
    Simple... he's a WUSS.
    For once, agreement isn't a strong enough word for what we share.

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