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01-25-08, 10:05 PM #1
Don't mess with a Marine
Don't Mess With A Marine Who's Trying To Eat
Police investigate the scene - The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, FL , sub shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day.
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, according to 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.
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.
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 participating in an unfair fight. One 71 -year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center -body-mass shot - good 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 law abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon)
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
01-25-08, 10:39 PM #2
When the police arrived, Lovell was sitting at the table, calmly finishing his sub
all's well that ends well.--
"And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon..."
01-25-08, 10:48 PM #3
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter." Ernest Hemingway
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01-25-08, 11:22 PM #4
Mad props to John Lovell. I hope at 71 I still have my teeth to go eat a sub.Wise men stand behind me, brave men stand beside me, but only fools stand against me.
The force that propels you to prevail when you are put to a test of survival will be a mindset that refuses to accept nothing but winning.
Too often, we lose sight of life's simple pleasures. Remember, when someone annoys you it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown, BUT, it only takes 4 muscles to reach out and bitch slap that motherf*cker upside the head.
01-26-08, 12:33 AM #5
I love it.
01-26-08, 01:20 AM #6
Reminds me of the story circulated here about some Crips trying to crash a party for retired Rangers in Tacoma.
Good on him!I'm your huckleberry...
Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentus telum est!
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
01-26-08, 01:23 AM #7
Oorah for that man. Gotta love a well armed law abiding citizen."When you stop learning, you deny yourself the opportunity to grow." ~TDSA Tulsa~
"Anyone who gets in a fair fight…..has no tactical skills"
"We're entirely surrounded, those poor bastards. They've got us right where we want 'em. We can shoot in every direction now." ~General Chesty Puller~
"I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot." ~R. Lee Ermy~
01-26-08, 04:22 AM #8
I love it! the only thing I saw wrong is he was a former Marine Officer. If He were a Marine Staff NCO, they'd both be dead!
OORah! Semper Fi, Do or Die!
Searching for Evil and the Perfect donut (Love that book)
"It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you"
There are gains for all our losses
There are balms for all our pain
But, when youth, the dream, departs
It takes something from our hearts
And it never comes again
"Captain, it is I Ensign Pulver. I just threw your damn palm tree overboard. Now, what's all this crap about no movie tonight?" -Ens Pulver in Mister Roberts
The man who will go where his colors go, without asking who will fight a phantom foe in the jungle and mountain range, without counting, and who will suffer and die in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic America. He is the stuff of which legions are made. ...His pride is in his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face...and his obedience is to his orders. He has been called United State Marine.
T.R. Fehrenbach, This Kind of War
01-26-08, 05:11 AM #9
Nice shooting, sometimes the oldies are the ones you need to watch out for.
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