CCW Saves Life in Cincinnati (and the media reports it!)


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Henry Bowman
June 2, 2005, 01:46 PM
Link to story and video. (http://wkrc.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=5DECE18A-9474-442F-B6FB-31A7B03ED7F7)

Robbery Victim Shot, Shoots Suspect

LAST UPDATE: 6/1/2005 7:04:46 PM

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When Ohio's law allowing residents to carry a concealed weapon went into effect last year, a number of people rushed to get permits so they could legally carry a firearm. The right to do that may have saved a man in Westwood early Wednesday morning. Cincinnati Police say he opened fire on three men who shot him after trying to rob him outside his girlfriend's home. Local 12 Reporter Larry Davis explains what went down.

Ola Burton, Aided Gunshot Victim: "He said they tried to rob me, they tried to rob me, but I shot one of them, too."

Ola Burton says Charles Pryor had called her granddaughter to say he was on his way from work to pick up her and her baby. When he arrived at this Robert Avenue home, Pryor found trouble. Right after Pryor parked his car at the end of the sidewalk, he was approached by three men who told him to lay down. Police say he then ran to the front door, that's when he was shot three times, but Pryor managed to return the fire, shooting one of the suspects. Burton heard someone banging on the front door.

"I said who is it? And he said, Miss Ola, it's Charles. I've been shot. I've been shot. Open the door."

Burton says when they opened the door, Pryor fell in on his girlfriend. She says he left a trail of blood on the living room floor.

"He said he didn't want to die. I don't want to die."

They did all they could to keep Pryor calm before paramedics arrived. She's thankful Pryor had a gun permit.

"It saved his life. I think it saved him. I think so."

Pryor obtained his conceal carry permit last September. Burton says he did so for his own protection.

"He's been robbed before. He said he had been robbed several times before."

And Burton says after hearing about Charles Pryor's encounter, more people may want to consider a conceal carry permit.

"Maybe they should. Maybe it will save their life. I think it saved his life."

Larry Davis...Local 12.

Doctors performed surgery on Pryor Wednesday for the three gunshot wounds. He is expected to recover. After the shooting, one man checked himself into Good Samaritan Hospital with a gunshot wound. Police aren't sure whether he's connected to the shooting. No arrests have been made.

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dasmi
June 2, 2005, 01:49 PM
And Burton says after hearing about Charles Pryor's encounter, more people may want to consider a conceal carry permit.
Makes sense to me.
Glad this guy is going to be ok.

grimjaw
June 2, 2005, 02:02 PM
Before I lived in Ohio, I never felt compelled to own a gun, even though I grew up around them and was comfortable with them.

This state makes sucking noises but at least they allow CCW.

jmm

P95Carry
June 2, 2005, 02:47 PM
HB - I think that has to be the most positive report ever yet - on the plusses of CCW - what a refreshing change. I was impressed.

Just a pity the guy had to get shot first before he could return fire. Seems surgery on him was successful and he will recover - possibly he was on receiving end of a mouse cal.

Black92LX
June 2, 2005, 02:54 PM
great story. i will be sending the reporter an e-mail!

dasmi
June 2, 2005, 02:59 PM
great story. i will be sending the reporter an e-mail!
I'd like to do the same. Do you have his/her email address?

halvey
June 2, 2005, 03:21 PM
Great story. I wish it'd have happened in Minnesota though.

Oh wait, it did. But they forgot (or barely mentioned) he had a permit.

Henry Bowman
June 2, 2005, 03:35 PM
Checked their websites and found no mention of this event from any of the other 3 local TV news stations (Channel 5, 9 or 19) or either of the newspapers (Post, Enquirer).

dolanp
June 2, 2005, 04:34 PM
I wonder if he hadn't gotten shot if they would have said he was a 'trigger-happy vigilante' or something. Seems like you have to come pretty close to dying before most in the media will concede that self-defense is acceptable.

Hawkmoon
June 2, 2005, 05:02 PM
So much for "duty to retreat." This poor guy tried to retreat and got shot for his efforts.

I guess he forgot the part that says you must retreat if you can do so in safety.

Greg L
June 2, 2005, 05:37 PM
I'd like to do the same. Do you have his/her email address?

His isn't listed on their site (www.wkrc.com) but going off the other ones that are listed it is probably ldavis@wkrc.com .

Standing Wolf
June 3, 2005, 12:28 AM
He's been robbed before. He said he had been robbed several times before.

It's the robbers who should live in fear, not us.

Stand_Watie
June 3, 2005, 01:37 AM
"I said who is it? And he said, Miss Ola, it's Charles. I've been shot. I've been shot. Open the door."

The fellow refers to his girlfriend as "miss Ola"? I think he must have learned his manners in a more formal age than today. Not a criticism, mind you, just an observation.

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