It’s a chapter right out of crime novel, but this is definitely real. A former CNN reporter, Chuck de Caro, was wounded last week when he was shot three times by a man who allegedly tried to rob him and his wife, former CNN correspondent Lynne Russell. Russell has given credit to the Second Amendment for allowing them to defend themselves, according to this story.
The couple was on a road trip, staying the night in an Albuquerque, New Mexico motel, according to this story from CNN.
Russell said the gunman came into their Motel 6 room through an open door after she had returned from her car. He pushed her into the room and De Caro came out of the bathroom to see Russell being held at gunpoint.
The intruder began asking for money. Russell passed a purse containing, what the couple says, were two legal handguns to her husband. According to CNN the intruder then asked about a briefcase that was in plain sight before lunging at the couple. “He went around the bed and then opened fire on Chuck. There was a firefight inside the room,” said Russell.
De Caro was shot once in the leg and twice in the abdomen before he could return fire. He emptied one gun and continued firing at the intruder with the other pistol. The intruder, later identified as Tomorio Walton, fled the room and was found dead in the parking lot.
De Caro, a former Green Beret, was hospitalized and underwent surgery for his injuries. He is expected to recover, but is still in the hospital.
“The discussion over a the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits,” Russell told FoxNews.
An Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson said de Caro would not face charges, but the investigation is ongoing.