Injured Homeowner Survives Gunshot, Thanks to Nearby Gun


Kenny Purdie and his wife, Linda, [of Virginia] who have owned and operated K&L Barbecue for 17 years, survived a harrowing robbery attempt and shootout with a gunman who accosted the couple in the garage of their home about 9 p.m.

After first confronting Linda Purdie, who yelled for her husband, the assailant jerked around and fired at Kenny Purdie, hitting him once in his left shoulder in a shot that broke his collarbone, said police and Steve Nugent, Kenny Purdie's stepson.

Although wounded, Kenny Purdie — who holds a concealed-gun permit — grabbed a pistol from under the seat of his truck and returned fire, causing the intruder to flee, police and Nugent said.

“The one thing that I have learned from this incident is that Pop having that gun possibly saved the life of him and my mother,” Nugent said Monday. “If he wouldn't have had that gun nearby, there's no telling what would have happened after that.”

“Pop acted so fast,” Nugent added. “This all occurred probably within 20 or 30 seconds.” Read more


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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.



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