"And then when I backed up, I saw one more guy in the front, I said oh god, I'm gonna die... but, bad news for them, I'm always carrying a gun."
WHEN TWO ARMED MEN TRIED TO ROB A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN THIS WEEKEND... SHE TOOK HER GUN... AND THE SITUATION... INTO HER OWN HANDS.
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A BUSINESS WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS ALMOST THE VICTIM OF AN ARMED ROBBERY IN MACON... BUT SHE SHOT ONE OF THE ROBBERS... AND GOT AWAY.
CANDACE ADORKA SPOKE TO HER AND JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.
56-YEAR-OLD LUISA CAMPBELL SAYS SHE DROVE HER GRANDSON HOME ON THIS STREET IN VINEVILLE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING... AND SUDDENLY.... WAS STARING DOWN THE BARREL OF A REVOLVER.
I CAUGHT UP WITH HER AT HER OFFICE ON BLOOMFIELD ROAD... AND SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS SCARED... BUT SHE SAYS SHE WASN'T GOING DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT.
"You have to crank it..."
FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS....LUISA CAMPBELL SAYS SHE'S ***ALWAYS*** CARRIED A GUN.
BUT SATURDAY WAS THE FIRST TIME SHE'S USED IT TO DEFEND HERSELF.
"this is 357, if I had this one, I'm sure he wouldn't be alive...."
SHE SAYS SHE WAS IN HER CAR... FUMBLING THROUGH HER PURSE... WHEN SOMEONE STARTED YELLING FROM THE PASSENGER'S SIDE... DEMANDING MONEY.
"then I said, I don't got no money. Then, you don't open the door, i'll shoot you. I answered him and said you gonna kill me anyway no matter what."
SHE SAYS SHE WAS TERRIFIED... PANICKED... AND EMOTIONAL BECAUSE SHE HAD JUST BURIED HER SON LAST WEEK.
"He just passed away, so I said well, I'm gonna die anyway, I'm gonna follow my son, that will be fine but i'm gonna take someone with me."
CAMPBELL HAD HER GUN TUCKED UNDER HER THIGH... LIKE HER HUSBAND AND SON HAD TRAINED HER... SO AFTER HER ASSAILANT FIRED... SHE FIRED BACK.
"Police say this is me... this little hole."
SHE SAYS SHE DIDN'T KNOW SHE HIT ONE OF THE WOULD-BE ROBBERS... UNTIL POLICE TOLD HER.
THEY SAY THE SUSPECT....32-YEAR-OLD BRENTON SPENCER... TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER.
IN RETROSPECT... CAMPBELL SAYS SHE'S GLAD HE DIDN'T DIE.
"because I don't want his mother feeling like i'm feeling because it really hurts. Better you lose money than you lose people's lives."
CAMPBELL COULDN'T READILY REMEMBER HOW MANY GUNS SHE HAS...
".38, .45., .40, machine gun, I have all kinds of guns. Name it, I have everything."
SHE SAY'S SHE NOT REALLY A FAN OF GUNS... IT'S JUST NECESSARY AS A CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER... BUT SATURDAY... IT TOOK A LITTLE EXTRA TO SAVE HER LIFE.
"i think about it as something protecting me. I don't know is it God or my son...only I heard this little voice telling me what to do and I listened to that little voice."
>> BRENTON SPENCER IS STILL AT THE MEDICAL CENTER THIS AFTERNOON.
THE HOSPITAL WOULDN'T RELEASE HIS CONDITION... BUT POLICE SAY WHEN HE'S RELEASED... THEY'RE TAKING HIM THE THE BIBB COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER.
POLICE SAY THEY'RE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE OTHER WOULD-BE ROBBER... DANTRE SHIVERS.
ANY ONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 1-877-68 CRIME.
THE HOME WHERE CAMPBELL WAS ATTACKED...IS ABOUT A BLOCK FROM THE AREA WHERE TWO WOMEN WERE ROBBED....BEHIND THE PIO NONO AVENUE KROGER...IN MARCH 2007.
THIS STORY HAS SPARKED CONVERSATION ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.
BRANDI WROTE... "THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!
I HATE THAT THIS KIND OF STUFF HAPPENS AT ALL... BUT GLAD SHE WAS ABLE TO DEFEND HERSELF!"
TABITHA COMMENTED... "I THINK THAT IT IS GREAT THAT SHE CHOSE NOT TO BE A VICTIM. NEED TO HAVE MORE LIKE HER AND THEN MAYBE THIS CITY CAN BE GREAT AGAIN!"
AND MICHAEL SAID... "'I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE'-- AND SHE WANTED TO TAKE SOMEONE WITH HER. GLAD THE WOMAN WAS ABLE TO DEFEND HERSELF AGAINST THE BAD GUY... BUT THAT IS JUST AN AWFUL THOUGHT.
LOOKS LIKE SHE RECOGNIZED HOW WRONG THAT WAS, TOO, AND KUDOS TO HER TO BE ABLE TO ADMIT THAT."
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USING A GUN FOR SELF-DEFENSE IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN JUST POINT AND SHOOT.
KATELYN HECK EXPLAINS WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYS ITS ACCEPTABLE TO PULL THE TRIGGER.
PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW A FEW RULES BEFORE PULLING OUT A GUN... EVEN FOR SELF-DEFENSE.
LIETENANT ANNETTE HORN SAYS YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHOOT ONLY IF ANOTHER PERSON PULLS OUT A WEAPON... OR THREATENS YOUR LIFE.
(SOT: they may have a gun, but theyre not showing it to you, the threats not there, i mean someone could have an airsoft or something in their hand. if theyre not brandishing it, pointing it at you, it doesnt seem like a threat, you cant just go around shooting people.)
IN MOST SITUATIONS... SHE SAYS THE PERSON SHOULD BE WITHIN ABOUT 21 FEET FROM YOU BEFORE YOU RAISE YOUR BARREL.
(SOT: if they can use that weapon against you and they can get to you pretty fast, it can be ten feet, it can be thirty feet, but if its three ball fields away no they can't effectively use that weapon.)
SHE SAYS TO USE THE SAME REASONING IF SOMEONE ENTERS YOUR HOME.
(SOT:say he has you by 70 or 80 pounds and hes a foot taller than you, just by him showing his appearance of what he looks like then that would reasonable tell me that i'm going to have to defend my life.)
BUT LIEUTENANT HORN SAYS YOU SHOULD HOLD YOUR FIRE... UNTIL YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR GUN FIRST.
(SOT: you dont want it to find out the last minute that you don't have a bullet chambered in your weapon and you cant figure out why its not shooting and then the bad guy gets your weapon and uses it against you or someone else.)
SHE SAYS ANY GUN WILL GET THE JOB DONE... BUT A FIREARM ISNT EFFECTIVE.. UNTIL THE SHOOTER FEELS COMFORTABLE PULLING THE TRIGGER.
13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS CLASSES FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO LEARN HOW TO SHOOT IN SELF-DEFENSE.
FOR INFORMATION CALL 478-744-9700... AGAIN THATS 744-9700
THE TRIAL OF FORMER WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS BEGAN TODAY.
HE'S CHARGED WITH EXTORTION.... LYING TO A FEDERAL AGENT... AND TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS.
THOSE CHARGES INVOLVE WILLIAMS ALLEGEDLY PROFITING FROM THE PURCHASE OF A CITY VEHICLE.
LORRA LYNCH JONES WAS IN COURT ALL DAY... LORRA... CAN YOU TELL US WHAT HAPPENED?
-WHAT WERE THE OPENING STATEMENTS?
-POLICE CHIEF BRETT EVANS WAS THE FIRST WITNESS TO TAKE THE STAND... WHAT DID HE SAY?
FOR MORE ON WILLIAMS' FIRST DAY IN COURT.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON THE HOMEPAGE.
LAST MONTH... CLINT EASTWOOD ROLLED THROUGH MACON TO FILM SCENES FROM HIS BASEBALL MOVIE "TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE."
THIS SUMMER... HARRISON FORD WILL BECOME THE LATEST STAR ON THE DIAMOND AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD... AND HIS FILM IS LOOKING FOR EXTRAS.
JUDY LE HAS THE PITCH.
HARRISON FORD IS ON DECK TO FILM HIS NEW MOVIE...42... AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD JUNE 12TH AND 13TH.
sot ben daniel wr - 57 i'm a huge geek and i love star wars, you know...indiana jones..some of my favorite movies involve harrison ford 100
sot melissa thomaston wr - just growing up watching those movies...and you're given an opportynity to see that person here in macon...i mean..it's pretty cool 423
500 HUNDRED EXTRAS A DAY ARE NEEDED TO FILM DURING THE TWO DAYS. THAT MEANS ONE-THOUSAND PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET HAN SOLO HIMSELF.
standup - unlike trouble with the curve, the extras in 42 won't get paid. but there are perks. the extras will be entered into a raffle where the prizes range from all expense paid trips to ipads.
THE LOCAL ACTORS CAST AS EXTRAS IN THE CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE THAT FILMED HERE BACK IN MARCH....
nat - this is the area clint eastwood sat...she shook his hand right there...we hugged him right there...
sot neill calabro gray - 102 i was the peanut man, carrying a huge container of peanuts...throwing them and handing them off 106
ARE GEARING UP FOR A CHANCE TO WORK WITH ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR...
sot christie etheridge, macon - 240 we went dress shipping today for some 40's style clothing...kicking ideas around to see what we have to do to get our best 40s look going 248
sot stephen smith wr - 117 i just got out o the military recently and its good to get back into something i have a passion for 120
sot leslie morales wr - 246 you can definitely find some good resources onlien to find the clothes the hair and things of that nature so thats the research im doing right now 252
THEY ARE ALL ON THE LAST CRUSADE TO MEET INDIANA JONES.
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TOMORROW....YOU CAN TAKE A BUS RIDE THROUGH MACON'S HISTORY.
WE RODE ALONG... TO SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.
Nat Sound "Breaks were shipped from Macon Georgia all over the world."
THE HERITAGE OF MACON RUNS DEEP THROUGHOUT THE 2ND STREET CORRIDOR AND DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICT. FOR TWO DAYS....A BUS TOUR WILL GIVE PASSENGERS A CHANCE TO LEARN ALL THE CITY HAS TO OFFER.
THE TOUR... PART OF GEORGIA CITIES WEEK....WILL ALSO SHOW OFF POSSIBLE CHANGES FOR THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY.
Mayor Robert Reichert: "There are a couple of tour buses that are going to be working this week on a downtown circulator route that the transit authority is considering for possible prominent implementation."
THE BUSES ROLL BY SOME OF THE CITY'S HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND NEIGHBORHOODS...PUTTING MACON'S HERITAGE ON DISPLAY.
Sadie Crumbley, Macon-Bibb Convention and Visitors Bureau: " All of this in Macon Georgia...we have a place for it. We have the park down by the river where we can walk and experience the water...the breezes and so forth. So, It's important to remind us that our city has so much to offer.
SOME CITY GROUPS TURNED OUT TO SUPPORT WHAT THE CITY CALLS....TRY TRANSIT.
Sadie Crumbley, Macon-Bibb Convention and Visitors Bureau: "There are certain sections that represent this type of people and that type...business sections...residential sections...everything needs to be connected and it's very important that we do that.
MACON NATIVE ROBERT ANDERSON ALSO LIKES THE TOUR CONCEPT.
Robert Anderson, Macon: "I think it will be a good asset to the city as well you know we have a lot here to offer."
THE TOUR'S SUCCESS WILL DETERMINE IF THE CIRCULATOR ROUTE WILL CONTINUE. FOR NOW...YOU CAN CATCH THE FREE TOUR FOR ONE MORE DAY.
THE TOUR WILL RUN TOMORROW FROM ELEVEN TO ONE...
IT STARTS AT THE MACON TERMINAL STATION ON SEVENTH STREET.
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