[Ed. – Good guy with a gun: the one who didn’t run away from the scene of attack and holler for help. The point isn’t to blame the coworkers. The point is to clarify the difference in outcome when someone is ready to deal with a life-or-death situation.]
It all began while Hamilton was working an early morning shift at the coffee shop near 3900 South and 900 East Thursday morning. Hamilton was standing behind the counter when a “haggard-looking” man entered, she said.
Instead of coming to the register to order, the man came behind the counter and asked Hamilton if she knew who he was. When she replied that she didn’t, he became angry and began beating her with his fists, she said. …
“I started to think why no one was helping me, ‘cause he was only hitting me, and I felt kind of angry for a moment,” she said.
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Before Hamilton had much time to ponder the question, however, the man picked up a metal supply basket and hit her on the side of the head. Hamilton crumpled, and the man continued kicking her in the back. The only thought left in her mind: “I don’t want to die this way.”
As soon as she fell to the ground, however, her co-workers ran out the door and began screaming for help.