Woman Shoots Mall Mugger in the Neck: Defensive Gun Use of the Day

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 dailymail.com 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]


  1. avatar Don says:

    His punishment was hard to swallow?

    1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

      That was just unneckessary.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        That’s some funny stuff right there.

    2. avatar Littlefinger says:

      She made him a little hot under the collar.

      1. avatar SCIENCE! says:

        I doubt he’d think that was a funny choke.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          He shouldn’t be a sore loser. He’s the one that choked under pressure.

    3. avatar jwm says:

      Deep throat with a .38.

      1. avatar Rob C says:

        She was a pain in the neck?

        1. avatar jwm says:

          She was heard to say “It’s your turn to swallow….”

        2. avatar Dave says:

          She made a Pez dispenser out of him.

    4. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      He ran off bleeding with neckless abandon.

      1. That’s the necked truth.

    5. avatar Desert Ranger Tycho says:

      Arrgh, that joke has me alll… CHOKED UP!

  2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    Score one for purse carry!

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

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

      1. avatar Frank in VA says:

        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.

      2. avatar gooey says:

        Or peeing or pooping on yourself.
        Thanks Berack.

  3. avatar Mr. 308 says:

    “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.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      He does until his medical treatment is complete and paid for, then they’ll kick him loose. Didn’t she have more ammo?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Here in CA the cops wait until the Dr. releases you before they arrest you. Medical bills up to that moment are on you.

        1. avatar Mr. 308 says:

          Good theory at least….

        2. avatar NEIOWA says:

          BS – The State is just avoiding paying and lets the Dr/hospital (and PAYING customers) pickup the med bills of the skulls.

    2. avatar Wood says:

      I guess I better watch it, I carry forged instruments as well as those made from bar stock.

      1. avatar Todd S says:

        You, sir, are a terrible person!

    3. avatar Ironhorse says:

      ” 20 counts of possession of a forged instrument.”

      Blacksmithing must be pretty lean work nowadays.

  4. avatar jwm says:

    With that thingy on his neck can he do the old south park standby, “He’s coming right for us.”

    1. avatar Bob in Calif says:

      That thing looks like a baby’s “Binky”

  5. avatar Jay Dunn says:

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

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Sounds like it was close combat at bad breath distance. A smallish gun has advantages there.

      1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

        A 9mm would have gone through his spine, too, saving taxpayers a lot of money.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          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…..

        2. avatar Art out West says:

          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.

        3. avatar Michigunner says:

          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.

      2. avatar AaronW says:

        .22 cal bullets are approx the size of a tic-tac. Just sayin’…

        1. 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.

        2. avatar THC says:

          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

    2. avatar Blackjack Shellac says:

      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:


      1. avatar Azics says:

        I was thinking it was an out-of-battery issue, considering the struggle before she deployed.

      2. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

        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. avatar Todd S says:

      Bingo! You can’t miss close enough to matter regardless of caliber. Carry what you can hit with.

  6. avatar Ralph says:

    Was the victim an EMT? Because she performed a heck of a tracheotomy with that neck shot.

  7. avatar Dave Lewis says:

    Never bring a knife to a gun fight

  8. avatar jwm says:

    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.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      And what a shame if you applied a little too much pressure for too long of a time….


    2. avatar My Older Brother Chet says:

      Perfect scenario for the often overlooked and underused neck tourniquet.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        I just figured I’d stand on his neck til the bleeding stopped. I’m a big ol’ fat mofo.

        1. avatar jwtaylor says:

          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.

  9. avatar CTstooge says:

    Well, ‘Kentucky woman’ whoever you are: I raise my glass to you.

    1. avatar Daily Beatings says:

      Kentucky woman
      If she get to know you,
      She goin’ to own you
      Kentucky woman

      1. Those Kentucky women are wildcats!

        1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

          The victim, in this case, was a Hoosier. She’s from Indiana.

  10. avatar Bob314 says:

    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.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I’m sayin’ her gun jammed, probably due to being in contact. Otherwise, maybe we’d be arguing whether 5x.22s would equal 2x.38 Spl.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        In this kind of fight a j frame has a lot going for it.

      2. avatar Art out West says:

        One more reason I like to carry a .38 revolver.

    2. avatar Bob in MI says:

      Call me crazy but, I think he is well aware of how close he came to dying. He got shot in the Effing throat.

  11. avatar Donimator says:

    +1 for situational awareness

    +1 for preparedness

    +1 for guts

    = Too bad for the bad guy.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      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.

      1. avatar John Thomas says:

        yeah, that was ill-advised. im glad she won, anyway.

  12. avatar Donimator says:

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

  13. avatar notalima says:

    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!


    1. avatar AdamTA1 says:

      No they appreciate this. Adds to their “gun violence victims” stat. One of the 90 that day.

  14. avatar dwb says:

    “According to the woman she pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire. So she kept on pulling the trigger till it did.
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3481507/Woman-leaves-attacker-bloody-wounded-shot-neck-tried-rob-knife-point.htm

    Clean, service, and lube your firearms often… and double check your ammo.

    I’d tell the po-po keep that gun and upgrade to something more reliable.

    1. avatar Adub says:

      This is why .22LR is a fail. Much less reliable than center fire ammo.

      1. avatar James69 says:

        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!

  15. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    She is from Indiana, not Kentucky. She possessed an Indiana License To Carry Handgun (LTCH).

  16. avatar Jay in Florida says:

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

  17. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “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…

  18. avatar Bob o says:

    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.

  19. avatar Justin says:

    One shot wasnt enough cowardly pieces of shit like dont deserve to waste our tax money

    1. avatar Frank in VA says:

      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.

      1. avatar James69 says:

        Nope, he’ll rise in status now that he’s a real thug that’s been shot, and all the little thugs will be in awe. Wash,rinse,repeat….

    2. avatar Wiregrass says:

      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.

  20. avatar great unknown says:

    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?

    1. avatar Wiregrass says:

      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.

  21. avatar Priest of the center mass says:

    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!

  22. avatar Jack says:

    I love the part where we don’t see what happened.

    1. avatar Frank in VA says:

      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.

  23. avatar Hannibal says:

    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.

  24. avatar Coolbreeze says:

    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…..you 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.

    1. avatar James69 says:

      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

  25. avatar FlamencoD says:

    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!

  26. avatar Tex300BLK says:

    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

  27. avatar Wrightl3 says:

    Glad the lady survived. Maybe some time in jail will teach him something.

  28. avatar zx9rt1 says:

    She needed another 11-12″ of elevation…….

    1. avatar jwm says:

      She actually needed to aim lower. South of the belt buckle would work.

  29. avatar PNG says:

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

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