Mary Brooks of Chattanooga, Tenn., must have looked like an
easy mark behind the counter of a bait and tackle shop where she
works. But when a would-be thief brandished a knife and demanded
money, she shut the cash register drawer and grabbed her .38 cal.
handgun. In his haste to escape the feisty 62-year-old grandmother,
the man went through the store's glass front door. Though cut badly,
he got away with assistance from a female accomplice.
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