When blood-curdling screams reached law partner Aldo Botti in his suburban Chicago offices, he herded about 15 people into a conference room and grabbed his .357 revolver. A distraught woman reportedly had targeted someone in the building and was armed with both a handgun and a Molotov cocktail. One attorney heard her complaining about the judicial system in reference to a failed custody battle. When she allegedly pointed the gun at a receptionist and began attempting to light the bomb, Botti confronted her. "I told her if she pulled the trigger I'd kill her." After a tense standoff, police arrived and convinced the woman to give up. Recounting the harrowing incident, Botti said, "I didn't shoot her because I felt there was a chance to correct the situation."
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