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Some good news to start a Monday:
A robber who walked into the Columbia downtown Alcoholics Anonymous center, pulled out a gun and demanded money was killed in a burst of gunfire from an AA visitorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gun, police said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Gimme what you got,Ã¢â‚¬Â witnesses quoted the robber as saying when he entered the AA building at 2015 College St. in Five Points about 10:48 p.m. Saturday. They said he brandished a .25-caliber handgun.
At that point, as one AA visitor dropped something on the floor Ã¢â‚¬â€ possibly his wallet Ã¢â‚¬â€ another AA visitor pulled out his own pistol and shot the robber Ã¢â‚¬Å“multiple times,Ã¢â‚¬Â police said.
The hero who put down the intruder remains, appropriately enough, anonymous.
What was the would-be robber thinking? I know he didn’t expect anybody to be armed, but to storm into a place where everybody’s already a little jumpy and jacked on coffee probably isn’t the wisest move.