"I don't like to feel like a victim," said Rachel Jackson of
Red Springs, North Carolina, after successfully running off an
attacker who broke into her home. Jackson, whose spina bifida
confines her to a wheel- chair, sprayed the man with tear gas.
Then, while the man went to grab money from her purse, she pulled a
.25-cal. pistol and fired four shots. After the man was later caught
seeking treatment at a hospital, it was learned that he previously
had been convicted of robbery, kidnapping and attemped rape. "God
gave me the composure I needed to knock the panic and do what I
needed to do," Jackson said later.
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