Monday, March 2, 2009

Pan Am/Delta pilot involved in shooting

Be aware of Senior Citizens, especially ones that are ex military. Old habits die hard.
Plantation, FL -- Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed

The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a
Plantation, FL, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically
wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter
pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he
works out everyday. Mr. 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, Mr.
Lovell, who was finishing his meal.. After robbing the cashier, the two
men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well.
They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened
fire. He shot 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 according to
Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

Both men were taken to the 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

A longtime friend of Lovell was not surprised to hear what
happened. The friend said, ''He'd give you the shirt off his back, but
he'd be mad as hell if someone tried to take the shirt off your back..''
Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John
F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am
and Delta.

He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in
fear for his life,'' Detective 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 for his life',
even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be
charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71 - year young
Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot -
outstanding shooting! That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and
his meal.

Don't you just love a story with a happy ending?

Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon.
Every state should.

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