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Grayson Herrera, 23, met several friends outside of a shopping mall where they planned to go to the 7:50 p.m. showing of a movie at the theater inside. They had just met up in the parking lot when the estranged husband of one of Herrera’s friends pulled up next to them in his vehicle. The husband exited the vehicle and allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband. Targeting his estranged wife, he fired multiple rounds as she ran toward the theater for cover. Herrera and his other male friend, both licensed to carry a concealed handgun, drew their guns. Herrera returned fire, killing the gunman. Herrera sustained injuries to his arm and chest, but was treated for his wounds. No one else was harmed during the shootout. (Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, AR, 5/19/14)

Jonathan Haith was sleeping at home around 9:45 p.m. when he heard a light knock on his back door. He ignored the knock at first, but a louder noise from his laundry room got his attention. The loud bang was the sound of an intruder kicking in the door. Haith quickly grabbed his AR-15 from under his bed and crouched down as he made his way down the hallway. When he peeked around the corner at the end of the hallway, he saw the intruder standing there with a gun. The intruder panicked upon spotting Haith and fired at him, prompting Haith to return fire. The intruder was struck in the stomach, causing him to flee the home before collapsing nearby. It was last reported that his condition was unclear. Haith was uninjured during the incident. “I guess I did the right thing,” Haith said. “I just reacted the best way possible.” (WRAL.com, Henderson, NC, 5/12/14)

A 28-year-old Marine veteran was eating lunch at a shopping center around 12:30 p.m. when he noticed suspicious behavior from two men outside of a video game store. He saw them slip bandanas over their faces before retrieving something from the trunk of their vehicle. They were then seen entering the store. Minutes later, one of them ran out carrying several video game systems. The other suspect remained inside the store and was demanding cash from customers. The veteran, licensed to carry a concealed handgun, asked a bystander to call 911 before crouching behind his pickup and drawing his firearm. The two robbers spotted him there, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. One suspect died of multiple gunshot wounds, while the second suspect fled. No other injuries were reported. (Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 5/30/14)

Four siblings—ages 22, 18, 11 and 8—were at home just before 6 a.m. when the eldest heard the sound of someone attempting to gain entry through a door. Soon thereafter, he spotted two people he did not know inside the home. He quickly retrieved a handgun from a safe and confronted the suspects. He and at least one intruder exchanged gunfire. The resident  was struck by multiple rounds, as were the two intruders. One suspect died at the scene. Two more suspects waited in a getaway car outside and drove the other wounded suspect to a nearby medical center.  It was last reported that they are still at large. The injured resident was taken to a local hospital for treatment as well and was reportedly expected to recover. (The Fresno Bee, Orosi, CA, 5/27/14)

David Medawar, the son of the owner of Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry, knew the store was about to be robbed when he spotted four men acting suspiciously outside the store’s front door. He and several other employees hid in a back room. On a closed-circuit surveillance system, they watched the armed robbers break into the jewelry cases. When they saw one robber with a gun approach the door to the room where the employees hid, they shouted a warning, “We have a gun. We will shoot you. Leave!” Their warnings were ignored, however, and one of the four robbers began to enter the back room with his gun. Medawar fired, striking the robber in the torso. All four suspects fled the scene. No employees were injured. “They came in and presented a threat. We eliminated that threat,” said Medawar of the incident. (The Grand Rapids Press, Plainfield Township, MI, 4/23/14)

A 47-year-old female was at home when she heard the doorbell ring around 7:20 a.m. A man then smashed a rear sliding door with a gardening tool and entered the home. The woman called 911 and hid in her bathroom with a firearm. The intruder found her there and punched her several times in the face, prompting her to fire a single shot in self-defense. Soon thereafter, he was taken to a local hospital and treated for a non life-threatening gunshot wound. He will reportedly face charges upon release from the hospital. (The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, 5/6/14)

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Studies indicate that firearms are used over 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or, in some cases, property. Anyone is free to quote or reproduce these accounts. Send clippings to:

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