Friday, March 17, 2006

A Hero Amid Chaos

Lawrence E. Woods walked into a Denny's in Pismo Beach, California and decided to shoot some people. By all accounts, he was muttering to himself and seemed mentally ill. He took an automatic weapon, shot and killed 64 year-old Frank Velasquez, wounded a married couple and then, 73 year-old Harold Hatley purposely walked into the line of fire in order to give precious seconds to others to make their escape. For his act of heroism, he lost his life. Woods ended the seige by turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.

Police are still investigating, but it appears that Woods was homeless, had a narcotics conviction and had untreated mental illness. The police are very interested in how Woods got his hands on the automatic weapon he used on his rampage. The investigation is still ongoing.

The Conservative Voice.

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