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71-year old former Marine shoots two Subway robbery suspects.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on August 21st, 2007

This true story is making the rounds of news outlets, forums and blogs.

Here’s how one news outlet posts the story.

Here’s the story as it was forwarded to me:

“Police investigate the scene:
The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation sub shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as a former pilot for two presidents. John Lovell.
He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he works out everyday.
Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night. According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money. But then Lovell pulled his handgun, opened fire, shooting one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.
 
When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop. K-9 units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop. Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department. Both men were taken to Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.
 
White, a longtime friend of Lovell, was not surprised to hear what happened. ”He’d give you the shirt off his back and he’d be mad if someone tried to take the shirt off your back,” he said. White said Lovell worked as a pilot for the Marines, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta. Lovell is not married and does not have children. He is not expected to be charged, authorities said. ”He was in fear for his life,” Rettig said. These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70’s have military backgrounds and aren’t intimidated by idiots. Something tells me this old Marine wasn’t “in fear” even though his life was definitely at risk.
 
The only thing he could be charged with is partaking in an unfair fight. One 71 yr young marine against two punks. Two heads and one center body mass shot- good shooting!* Even better would have been to double tap them both. Let’s hope the scumbag in critical condition kicks. That’ll teach them to get between a marine and his meal. If not for U.S. Marines, I would have completely lost hope in America a long time ago.
 
Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?”

Happy endings require prior planning. For a case like this it requires a commitment to survival, firearms skills, a CCW and good equipment, holster and gun. When I hear the story, I visualize a retired Marine carrying a 1911, but I really can’t know. 

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One Response to “71-year old former Marine shoots two Subway robbery suspects.”

  1. Bruce Gibson Says:

    Excellent story. There may be hope for us yet.

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