Lancaster Woman Scares Off Bat-Wielding Attackers By Pulling Gun On Them
It happened along a walking path in Lancaster.
Dinah Burns is licensed to carry a concealed gun, but she'd only recently started taking her weapon while walking her dog.
Based on what happened, it looks like she'll make a point of carrying from now on.
"I think if they'd gotten any closer, I probably would have fired,” said Burns.
It was Monday when Burns was on a footpath near Sanderson Elementary School.
"Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said 'You're coming with us'."
The men weren't deterred by Dinah's dog Gracie.
"I said, 'Well, what do you want?,' and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out. As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat. And, I pointed the gun at them and said, 'I have this and I'm not afraid to use it.'"
The men took off and so far have eluded police. Dinah posted about the incident on Facebook to alert friends and neighbors, to criticism by some.
"Most of the males' opinion was, 'Why didn't you shoot them?'"
Easy to second-guess a decision made under pressure, based on her concealed carry training, and police agree.
"To get out of a situation, back out, get out of it as much as you can without having to discharge your firearm."
"I will say it's a good thing to go from a place of danger to a place of safety, however you get that done,” said Sgt. Matt Chambers, Lancaster Police.
"Very thankful that it turned out the way it did, and hope it doesn't happen again, but I will be prepared."
Dinah says she hopes others will be prepared, too.
She says she only remembers that her assailants were young men, both of them white.