“What would you do if you were confronted with masked man pointing a gun in your face?” myfoxphilly.com asks. “Not many of us would have done what John McGowan did.” It was Jimmy Hoffa who famously advised “Rush a gun, run from a knife”—after rushing a gunman trying to shoot him in court. Anyway, that was a good day for the union leader. As it was for John McGowan. But it didn’t start that way . . .
His car just got totaled and John McGowan’s night was about to get even worse.
It was 1:30 a.m., Saturday morning, inside a Norwood Sunoco. Surveillance video shows a masked man walked in, and points a gun inches from McGowan’s face and demand money.
“And he was like, ‘give me the money. And I said, ‘you are messing with the wrong guy,'” McGowan recalled.
The wrong guy indeed.
At this point in the story you might be thinking McGowan is a Keystone stater who’d spent the day falling down (if you know what I mean) with a penchant for catch phrases. The next bit indicates that he may have what the Brits call “form” and we Yanks call a previous criminal history.”
McGowan, no stranger to a street fight-without hesitation, went after the guy, tackling him right into the rack of potato chips.
“I just started wrestling with him. We went to the ground and got him in a Brazilian Jujitsu choke hold and just beat him with his own gun,” McGowan said.
Two shots were fired. One of them just missed him.
McGowan held the man until police arrived a minute later. It’s good that he did. Inside the truck of the 20-year-old suspect, police found an AR-15 rifle with 60 rounds of ammunition.
‘Cause right after robbing a Sunoco at 1:30am 20-year-old CJ Gostynski was going to shoot up an old folks home with an AR-15 (assault rifle!) and 60 (60!) rounds of ammo. Or not. And I’m going to take exception to the “without hesitation” characterization of McGowan’s counter-attack. The video indicates that McGowan was two for three on the speed, surprise and violence equation.
Anyway, as always, result. If I’d been caught on the hop at a gas station at 1:30am—and I don’t think I would have—I’d hand over the cash, get some distance ASAP and reach for my Roscoe (if it was safe to do so). But then the only Brazilian Jujitsu choke-hold I know is the one where you try not to throw up after downing a Caipirinha Cachaca cocktail. Just sayin’ . . . [h/t DrVino]