When Ohio's law allowing residents to carry a concealed weapon went into effect last year,by Armed Citizens Deter crime and save lives !
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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