Tragedy Averted in Georgia
A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.
Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones met with one of the students to talk about the incident.
“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.
Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.
“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.
Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.
That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.
The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.
“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.
A tip of the hat to Professor Glenn Reynolds
Both Thomas and I own firearms. We do not have them so we can kill people. We own them to protect ourselves not only at home, but when we are away from home. We both have concealed-carry permits, and we regularly take our firearms with us when we leave home.
But this is obviously a case for why people own firearms. The average firearms owner is not a criminal. They simply want to protect themselves, their families, friends, and loved ones. This student should be hailed as a hero by his friends, and by the police. Had he not acted quickly to confront the gunmen, the police would be investigating the murder of ten people in that apartment.
And this is also a lesson for those out there that are opposed to people owning a firearm. I was taught that you do not ever pull your firearm unless you feel your life is in danger, and when you pull it you had best be prepared to use it. You never brandish it in a careless manner. It is a very dangerous tool, and this student knew that if he did not act, he and his friends were going to be killed.
This is one of those stories that only local media will cover. You will never see this story in the national media, despite the tragedy that was averted by one student who was not going to allow himself or his friends to become victims.