Grandfather saves grandson during carjacking attack

The grandfather was trying to get away and keep his grandson safe when he saw the thug pull out his gun. The thug fired, and when grandpa saw the opportunity, he returned fire with his own gun and the thugs ran away … only to carjack someone else who did not have a gun.

First, I want to point out no matter what you hear from the regulate-the-guns crowd, firearms are used by people every single day, multiple times a day to stop a crime. Most of the time, no shots are fired. AWR Hawkins over at Brietbart, along with many other authors, bring these stories to us on a regular basis. They rarely – if ever – will make the national media rounds.

Let me also point out this attack happened outside the home. Mr. Tookes tried to get away. His escape was blocked by these thugs and the thugs started shooting. One of the stated goals of the anti-gun crowd is to limit carry outside the home. They emotionally feel bringing guns outside and carrying them is a bad thing. They think this action somehow escalates bad situations making them worse. By extension, we must accept that if they had their way, Mr. Tookes and his grandson could very-well be dead.

Here are the mug shots. I’m not going to bother spending the time to look up their criminal history, but I’ll willing to bet – based on their actions this day – a required background check would not keep these guys from getting their guns or ammunition. They are criminals and – by definition – they don’t care about the law.


From WSB-TV in Atlanta.

[Luther] Tookes was bringing his grandson home from school when they noticed this strange car.
“Black guy started walking toward the car. It didn’t look right. I told my grandson to get down,” Tookes said. “Soon as I seen him pull out the gun, I put it in reverse and rammed their car.”
Both Tookes’ and the suspects’ vehicles were damaged by the gunfire.
“They shot at me as I was backing out, five and six times. Lucky it missed me and my grandson,” Tookes said.
He then saw his chance to get his own gun.
“I pulled into the grass back there and then pulled my gun and fired a couple times,” Tookes said.

The thugs – Justin Williams and Kelvin Brown – ran from the scene towards a shopping center where they carjacked someone else and were eventually captured by police after a chase.


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  1. bien-pensant on August 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Congratulations to Mr. Tookes. He is just what the anti-gun crowd hates: armed, competent and decisive. He refused to be a willing statistic that they could dismiss as just another “black-on-black” crime.
    I am glad he successfully defended himself and his grandson!
    As for the wannabe thugs, they stupidly carjacked an AT&T vehicle that had a tracking device. The Atlanta PD captured them in short order. All because they thought they had an easy payday in Mr. Tookes. LOL, heck, LMAO! I hope they get adjoining cells.

    Who was it said, “Stupid is as stupid does”?

    So, where is the media on this one? Or, are they too busy trying to incite riots in Ferguson?

  2. ricbee on August 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Too bad he wasn’t a better shot. There used to be many gun clubs in years past where
    one could sharpen their skills. It’s time for them to spring up again.

  3. SeeingRed on August 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Wishing for a happier ending – like the thugs would be no more. Glad Mr. T and his grandson are OK…if only a universal background check was done on the criminals, I’m sure this whole incident would have been avoided….

    • Dimsdale on August 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Because everyone knows that a thug that is planning an armed carjacking is really worried about a background check? Uh huh.

  4. JollyRoger on August 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Good thing we’ve only got little “dreamers” pouring over our southern border rather than orphans, gang members, and bearded men claiming to be children… Why not amnesty for undocumented gun carriers?

  5. Lynn on August 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Another problem, that we see in our little town, is that the First Selectman gets to issue the gun permit. For political purposes or simply because one wants gun control, the permit can be delayed for months or a year. Maybe this is just CT don’t know, I just know of first hand experiences.

    • ricbee on August 29, 2014 at 11:05 am

      That can also be a problem with police chiefs & I have seen evidence of that too.

    • bien-pensant on August 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I have heard of four to six months — and still waiting — for the state to process and issue carry permits.
      It seems to be a calculated use of the bureaucratic process as de facto gun control.
      Of course, there are crickets from the media.

    • ricbee on August 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      The “Meter Maids on Wheels”as despicable as they are have been fairly quick & efficient in this matter. My renewal came promptly too,by mail. It had to be in person before.

    • Dimsdale on September 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      “Slow walking” permits is rampant in MA under ?bama’s mini me, Deval Patrick. I am 9 months and waiting, and that is with a 3 month early submission of my application.

      This is de facto, unconstitutional restriction of our 2nd Amendment rights by very petty bureaucrats.

  6. ricbee on September 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    You’ll be lucky to get one at all,please tell us when it finally comes thru.


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