Heroic College Student uses Gun to Save lives of Other Students

WSB TV has this:

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- 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. . . . . .
Lavant, who was found dead near his apartment, only one building away. . . . .

Thanks to David Burnett for the link.



Blogger The Right Guy said...

Glad it turned out ok, but the chap needs to get some training. Sounds like he missed.

5/05/2009 10:51 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Right Guy:

Thanks, but "Lavant, who was found dead near his apartment, only one building away."

5/05/2009 11:51 PM  
Blogger The Right Guy said...

Well then, I am wrong. THat is fine. Thanks.

5/06/2009 7:41 AM  
Blogger GEM said...

John, send this to ABC's 20/20 so they can finally have an example of a student defensive gun use.

5/06/2009 7:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

he still needed training:

One female student was shot several times during the crossfire.

5/06/2009 10:35 PM  
Blogger Mike Gallo said...

Matthew: We haven't yet been told who's bullets hit the female student.

5/07/2009 9:45 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

There are some questions about the story here. It sounds like the person screaming for the police might have been the accused and dead attempted rapist. It's possible the shooting will not end up being a case of self defense - perhaps we will know more in time.

5/07/2009 6:11 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...


Nope, the shooting did end up being a case of self-defense and the accomplice was convicted.

8/11/2012 9:54 AM  

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