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‘Pistol-packing granny’ foils Franklin purse snatching


84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IS OK.>>I’D BEEN TAUGHT TO STAND UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT IN THE WORLD AND TO BE THERE TO HELP OTHERS DAN: MARY MOORE IS NOW BEING CALLED THE PISTOL PACKING GRANNY. ON HER WAY TO PICK-UP HER GRANDKIDS THIS MORNING, SHE SAW AN 84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CHASING A ROBBER ALONG NORTH MAIN STREET IN FRANKLIN. A MAN HAD SNATCHED HER PURSE OUTSIDE A BUSINESS.>>INSTINCT JUST KICKED IN TO FOLLOW HIM. DAN: MOORE SAYS THE MAN APPEARED TO HAVE A GUN IN A HOLSTER. SHE HAS HAD HER CONCEALED CARRY FOR FOUR YEARS, WANTING TO AVOID BEING VICTIMIZED WHILE SHE BATTLED BREAST CANCER. IT PAID OFF.>>I ALERTED HIM THAT I HAD MY CCW AND THAT I WOULD LIKE HIM TO PLEASE DROP HER PURSE AND TO STOP, YOU KNOW, THAT THE POLICE WERE ONTHEIR WAY. AND HE DROPPED THE PURSE, TURNED HIS BACK TO ME, HELD HIS HANDS UP IN THE AIR AND SAID YOU CAN’T SHOOT ME IN THE BACK, AND I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND GO. DAN: THE MAN RAN. MOORE CALLS HIM A COWARD. IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR HER, AND THE 84-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHO IS AFRAID TO BE IDENTIFIED.>>I’M STILL SHAKY, I’M REALLY SHAKY. DAN: THE 84-YEAR-OLD IS SORE AND NERVOUS. BUT ALSO GRATEFUL.>>SHE SAID LADY, I’VE GOT YOUR PURSE, I’VE GOT EVERYTHING. I WAS RELIEVED BECAUSE I’VE NEVER BEEN THROUGH ANYTHING LIKE THIS. DAN: MOORE SAYS THANKFULLY NO ONE GONE HURT.>>YOU NEVER KNOW, WHEN YOU PULL A GUN ON SOMEBODY, SOMEBODY ELSE THAT’S STANDING UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT MIGHT BE THERE TO STOP YOU, SO MAYBE A LOT OF CROOKS

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