An un-named Kentucky woman first noticed John Ganobick eyeballing her in a Louisville mall food court. Then he followed her to the parking garage. And into an elevator. When the doors opened, she bolted…with Ganobick in hot pursuit. As relates, “Ganobick slammed her head into an unknown object, told her to ‘give me all your money’, and showed her a knife, the arrest report said.” That’s when the woman woman managed to reach into her purse . . .


She then grabbed her gun and administered an impromptu tracheotomy. “Surveillance footage captured the man coming down the parking garage’s stairs bleeding from the neck.” Ganobick (who – surprise! – was already on probation) is now residing in a county facility facing charges of robbery, kidnapping, and attempted murder.

The unidentified victim was apparently unavailable to comment on the prevailing Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex narrative that law abiding gun owners really don’t use firearms to defend themselves very often.

[h/t IW]

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    • That was my thought – it’s not perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than offering your mugger / potential rapist a tic-tac.

      • It was the perfect mode of carry for this particular scenario, where the guy asked for her money and waited for her to reach for her wallet. For other scenarios, maybe less ideal than on-body carry. But I can’t knock her, because she got it done. Good on her.

  1. “Ganobick was on probation at the time of the attack.
    In 2014, he was convicted of theft and 20 counts of possession of a forged instrument.”

    Gee. What a surprise. Wonder how long he does for this attack, and who his next victim will be.

  2. To contribute to the caliber wars she used a .22 cal. Beretta. The best gun is the one you have with you.

        • Rule 1. Be willing to fight to the death.

          Rule 2. Have a weapon, preferably a gun, to use for Rule 1.

          Rule 3. Arguing which would have been a better caliber when discussing an already occurred successful dgu is just horsesh…..

        • That’s what I thought as well. A .38 instead of a .22 would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money. Still, I’m glad that she was carrying, and honestly a .22 often works well enough, just like it did here.

        • We carry to stop the threat, no more and no less. 22lr got it done in this time, that really is all that needs to be said.

        • I remember an episode of Top Cops or something similar that told the story of a female officer that was shot between the eyes with a 22. The bullet bounced around in her sinus cavity eventually falling down the back of her throat where she coughed it up and spit it out.

        • Short barrels take alot of the steam out of a .22, back in my poaching days a .22 rifle and a headshot would drop a deer same as a big gun

    • Actually it’s a .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat. Not my first choice. Small & concealable, but not very powerful. Barely enough to get the job done.

      In regards to the misfire, Berettas are typically extremely reliable. Perhaps a maintenance or ammo issue?

      Link for the Tomcat:

      • I’m fond of my keltech 32. Yes, it’s a mouse gun. But it’s the one piece I have that is comfortable to carry no matter what, and I have more than 300 rounds through it without a hint of a hickup (lucked out in the Keltec QC lottery). 8 rounds of GTF off me, and doesn’t weigh much more than an NAA .22 mag. The gun I carry when I don’t feel like carrying a gun.

  3. If I had been the first cop to respond I would have applied pressure to his throat wound to stop his bleeding.

    Probably a good thing I’m not a cop.

        • It’s nice to know someone was reading closely when I did that series on treating GSWs. After all, I stressed that we are to apply pressure until the bleeding stops.

  4. A few more inches, and that bullet would have hit the carotid artery. I doubt this dirt bag will even realize how close he came to reaching room temperature.

    • She won the day, so she gets the trophy. But I advise any woman (or man) to not get into an elevator with someone who spooks you. I bet she won’t do that again.

  5. Regarding the caliber conflict, I’m sorta glad that he lived to tell (or never tell again) about it.

  6. And from the ‘other side’:

    He just wanted her money. She should have given it to him and let him go. She didn’t have to shoot him!


      • No semi-auto’s are the “fail” – – – – – REVOLVER,REVOLVER,REVOLVER. When is everyone going to see the light? Good example, Press a 1911 loaded with “black hole” ammo against a BG in a tussel, it pushes the weapon out of battery = no bang.(other semi-autos do it too, not all but most) Press a revolver with as much force as you want = BOOM!
        How many of us have accedently hit the mag release on our semiauto’s while carring? I did just last weekend, switched my carry to a pa3t while helping a buddy move. Cargo pants Pocket carry.(not chambered) This turns most modern semi-autos into a paperweight or a one shot derrenger at best. Who in their right mind would carry a one shot derrenger for SD? Well if your packing a semi-auto YOU ARE. Anyway there’s a reason “old guys” carry revolvers it’s because they ALWAYS go BANG,BANG,BANG,BANG!

  7. Good for her.
    Swift justice too bad that scum is still breathing even if its with an extra hole.

  8. “The unidentified victim was apparently unavailable to comment on the prevailing Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex narrative …”

    Clicking on “Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex narrative”, it takes you to a log-in page:

    Inneresting, to say the least.

    Oh, yeah – Nice shot, young lady…

  9. If it saves just one woman…

    When the turd is that big you need something more…powerful…to be sure it gets flushed down the first time. Sure you can flush multiple times, but there is satisfaction achieving it with single.

    • True. Though there is something to be said for the extended pain and humiliation he got from surviving. He’s probably going to be somebody’s bitch in jail now.

    • In the article linked above, it appears she got another shot off, striking the predator in the buttocks as he appeared to be coming back for more. That seems to have discouraged any further effort. Good for her.

  10. Why do we have to get this story from a UK newspaper like the daily mail? Why aren’t the US media broadcasting this wonderful story?

    • What is amazing is that it IS British media reporting it. Looks like the daily mail is a tabloid fairly obsessed with the Kardasians, they are probably more interested in clicks than pushing a political agenda.

  11. But according to new jersy law enforcement professionals (?)
    Women are no match for big ol manly types.
    Women will only be overpowered and have that gun taken from them only to be used against them.
    This is obviously a bs story!
    Oh wait a minute, it’s not!
    And the powers that be are wrong?
    Maybe they are projecting …..hmmmm?
    This gal is to be celebrated, she did great!

    • I know, what is the the point of the video if they stop it before the good stuff starts? I was expecting an action flick, dammit.

  12. Good for her. However, for future reference, if you see someone creeping on you at the food court, don’t lead them to a secluded location. Even if you have a roscoe.

  13. She didn’t follow her gut instincts. Women frequently do this according to an article I read once by rape victims. Ladies, please. Listen to your intuition. Guys… too. Three mistakes she made…led him to a secluded elevator, didn’t look at him when he boarded, and didn’t get the hell off the elevator when he got in. So glad she defended herself. Hope she can learn positive lessons from this. Hope the thug now sounds like a little girl when he talks. He gonna be the belle of the “ball” in the joint. May he rot in prison.

    • Actually she ambushed little johnny. She led him to a secluded place, lured him into an elevator where she tried to kill him. he is the victim here. / sarc

  14. Anticlimactic video. From the photos of the gun it looks like a .22 lr or .25 ACP, or something very weak. It barely did the job. He came at her after being shot once. Glad she had something to defend herself with, however. Again, weak gun is better than no gun. I’m surprised she didn’t even turn to face him on the elevator, or even turn slightly more toward him; he could have come right up behind her and subdued her then. She may have been looking out of the corner of her eye, I suppose. She also should have positioned her hand in her purse so she could pull out her gun instantly if he made a move.

    Anyway, moral of the story, carry a (reliable) firearm and know how to use it, and just as valuable – S.A. and instinct – trust it!

  15. Plus 1 for the favorable outcome, but seriously? You notice a creepy guy ogling you and then following you yet your first thought is still “let me leave this crowded public area, get into an elevator, and go to the parking garage alone”? Ok

  16. “Narrative” = lie. Incidentally, the only people who regularly use it in political contexts are liberals.

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