A man reportedly entered a barbecue restaurant in Leon County, Texas, on Aug. 14 and aggressively harassed several customers. He then went into the restroom and allegedly assaulted an elderly man there, knocking him to the floor and beating him unconscious. An armed citizen intervened and was also attacked and knocked to the ground, whereupon he fired two shots at the assailant, striking him once in the right arm. The suspect fled the restaurant; police later found him sitting in his vehicle on the shoulder of the road, where they arrested him and transported him to the hospital for treatment. The elderly restaurant patron was also treated and no other injuries were noted. (Leon County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, Leon County, Texas, 8/15/23)
A 35-year-old off-duty prison guard was pumping gas in Philadelphia, Pa., around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 when a suspected would-be carjacker approached her from behind. Security cameras show the 22-year-old man getting her into a “bear hug”; the woman, however, fought back and pulled out her gun. She and the assailant shot at each other, and the man was struck once in the torso and once in the leg. The woman was unfortunately also hit twice in the leg but was reported to be in stable condition; she is not expected to face charges. (6abc.com, Philadelphia, Pa., 8/23/23).