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Donald Sacco, 64, was waiting at a bus stop around 8:15 a.m. when a 50-year-old stranger approached him with a knife. The stranger stabbed Sacco multiple times in the abdomen and attempted to steal his bag. Sacco tried to use his cane to fight the man off and screamed, “I don’t have any money, leave me alone!” Someone driving by the incident, who was legally carrying a concealed firearm, witnessed the attack and intervened. The suspect was held at gun point until police arrived. The suspect was then taken into custody and faces charges including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery. Sacco was taken to a local hospital and treated for his stab wounds. He is expected to survive his injuries. (Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 7/16/14)

After the office door was closed, staff members at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital reported hearing loud arguing inside. The staff opened the door and saw a patient holding a doctor and caseworker at gunpoint. They immediately dialed 911. Gunshots were heard a short time later. The caseworker was shot and killed by the gunman. The doctor was grazed by the gunfire, and promptly pulled out his own gun and returned fire.When the patient emerged from the office, he was wrestled to the floor and disarmed by another doctor and caseworker. The suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds, but was reportedly expected to recover. The doctor was expected to recover from his wounds as well. Many praise the doctor’s actions, which likely saved lives. The responding police chief said of the incident, “Without that firearm, this guy [the patient] could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices [shooting] until he ran out of ammunition.” (Bucks County Courier Times, Darby, PA, 7/25/14)

Bill Gies, a manager at Woody’s Wharf, was getting ready to leave the bar and eatery sometime after 3 a.m. He was in the office sending an email when he noticed something on the office security monitor; a suspicious man on the patio picking up a table umbrella. Gies dialed 911 and described the man in the security footage, then told the dispatcher that he was armed. Soon thereafter, the suspect punched through the office’s glass window, unaware that Gies stood just inside with a Glock. Gies pointed the handgun at the intruder and yelled, “Freeze!” The suspect then fled the scene and reportedly remains at large. (Daily Pilot, Balboa Peninsula, CA, 8/6/14)

A 34-year-old man broke into the home of Neil Reller and assaulted him. Reller fought back, causing the intruder to flee. The suspect then showed up a few miles away at the home of 72-year-old Ethel Himes and told her he had been assaulted. When Himes opened the door to help, the suspect struck Himes. He threw Himes to the floor and began choking her. Ethel’s son, Brad, walked in on the struggle and quickly retrieved a handgun from the bedroom. The assailant followed Brad to the bedroom and lunged at him, prompting Brad to fire. The assailant later died at a local hospital. Ethel Himes and her son reportedly suffered no serious injuries. (Star Tribune, Ray, MN, 7/28/14)

Victoria Davison was approached by two teenagers. One teen demanded, “I want the keys, car, everything.” When Davison hesitated to comply with the carjackers, one of them indicated they had a gun. That is when Davison pulled out her own firearm from her gym bag and fired. One assailant suffered a single gunshot wound and fell to the ground, while the second assailant fled on foot. Both suspects were later apprehended and face charges of armed robbery and theft. Both suspects were reportedly connected to a recent string of robberies and carjackings, one of which resulted in the shooting of a 43-year-old man. Davison was not injured during the incident. (The Daily Caller, Milwaukee, WI, 7/15/14)

Nicholas Elms, 26, and Brandon Pomranky, 27, were unloading property at JMR Storage when they noticed the driver of a red car rev the engine and drive around to the other side of the units. Elms and Pomranky heard the car strike the building before the driver exited the vehicle and ran to the front of the building. The driver, who was nude and acting erratically, then jumped into the driver’s seat of Pomranky’s truck. Elms attempted to physically remove the suspect, while Pomranky retrieved a handgun. The naked man ran back to his own vehicle and drove into Pomranky’s truck. Pomranky fired a single round at the suspect, causing the nude man to flee. Police found the intoxicated suspect a short distance away with a gunshot wound to the leg. No other injuries were reported. (The Batesville Daily Guard, Batesville, AR, 7/28/14)

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