John Lovell, a citizen of Florida, who has never been convicted of a felony, has never been convicted of a drug crime, nor been diagnosed with a substance abuse problem, has demonstrated competence with a firearm, has never been committed to a mental institution, has never been convicted of domestic abuse, and otherwise good guy, was in a Subway restaurant in Plantation, Florida on June 27th. Lovell, a CCW holder, had his gun with him.
During his stay, two young men Donicio Arrindell, 22, and Fredrick Gadson, 21, walked in to the shop. They were armed. The two young men began to demand money from the employees behind the counter. At some point, they noticed Lovell. They took his money, Lovell gave that up with out question. It was when they tried to force the former Marine, and professional pilot, in to a bathroom that the trouble started.
Lovell knew what would come next. If you have just committed armed robbery, and did not want to kill any witnesses you would have just left everybody alone and left after you had the money. The only reason you want to spend time getting somebody in the bathroom is to make sure that that somebody does not talk.
Lovell feared for his life, and the lives of the other people in the shop.
In an act of incredible bravery, the 71 year old man drew his pistol and shot Arrindell in the head. He then drew a bead on Gadson, and put one in to Gadson's chest. Arrindell later died of his wounds.
In my opinion, and in the opinion of the State of Florida, Lovell acted in self defence, and in the true spirit of the CCW law. He defended himself and others from certain harm, if not death.
I don't know if I could do what Lovell did. I carry my pistol, but could I draw it, and fire accurately as I was being forced in to a bathroom by an armed person? I don't know. I hope so, for my own sake, and the sakes of those I might help, but I honestly don't know.
As no good deed, and killing that man and wounding the other was certainly a good deed, goes unpunished, the grandmother of Arrindell has come out and said that Lovell should not have taken the law in to his own hands... Really, grandma? Just what the hell do you think your grandson would have done to Lovell in the bathroom? Ask him pretty please, don't tell the cops that it was me who robbed the Subway? No, you grandson had committed a very violent crime, and was about do commit the ultimate crime, when he was stopped by an armed citizen. Your grandson was a piece of dung that deserved exactly what he got.
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