Subject: Semper Fi
A strong but in my mind correct point of view regarding a 71-year-old
retired Marine, the 2nd Amendment and the right to carry.
"Police investigate the scene."
The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a
Plantation Florida sub shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically
wounding the other, is described as a former pilot for two presidents.
John Lovell. ``He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he works out everyday.''
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.
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.
White, 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. White 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. Just waiting. And he better not be charged! More like
The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight.
One 71 year young Marine against two punks.
That'll teach them to get between a Marine and his meal.
Semper Fi :gun