>I’m Actually Surprised This Doesn’t Happen More Often.

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Four people taken hostage by a gunman at a pharmacy overpowered their captor Monday after he demanded prescription drugs and fired several shots, authorities said.

The 90-minute standoff ended when the hostages, who were barricaded inside the store with the gunman, hit him with something, Sheriff’s Deputy B.E. Ferrell said.

None of the hostages was harmed, but the suspect was taken to a hospital, Ferrell said. The nature of his injuries was not immediately clear, but a witness said he had taken a painkiller and an anti-anxiety drug.

The gunman arrived with a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun, taking six people hostage at the Family Discount Pharmacy in Stollings, about 60 miles southwest of Charleston, according to Logan County 911 Director Marilyn Crosby.

Pharmacy technician Jessica Thompson, 24, said the gunman said he needed drugs but could not afford to buy them.

It’s really amazing this doesn’t occur on a more regular basis. What with the high cost of prescription drugs, some people will do anything to get their hands on medication.

At least there’s the new program Wal-Mart started. We may not be able depend on the government to help with health care, but thank goodness for private enterprise.

AP: W.Va. pharmacy hostages overpower gunman

3 thoughts on “>I’m Actually Surprised This Doesn’t Happen More Often.

  1. >I'm actually surprised, more hold up men don't get jumped, especially when there are a lot of people around. I always think of doing crazy mess like that. I've never been at gun point, so my visions of jumping the gunman are untested, but that sort of thing would piss me off. Actually, now that I think about it, I have been threatened with a rifle before (not pointed at me), but my stepdaughter who was 6 at the time, was in the room. Her dead beat of a biological (I'm her real daddy) pulled the gun on me and she was there pleading for us to not fight. I wanted to make him eat that rifle, more so for doing that in front of her, but I didn't want anything bad to happen to her, so I let it slide. I had to pray long and hard not to hurt him after that. That was the last time I cried (1995). While I do have a fear of getting shot, I feel like holding people at gun point is a punk move and in my opinion the punk deserves a beat down, right on the spot. But maybe I'm just crazy like that.

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  2. >whoa, rich…a guardian angel was definitely watching over you and your daughter…thank God you and your daughter are still with us today.seem like since 9/11, the call to defend oneself in a crisis, is to react "by any means necessary" to shut them down.

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