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Sometimes being stupid works out in the end

June 21, 2007

I thought “being the hero” only worked in the movies…

2theadvocate.comA man with a gun was trying to force a woman out of her car at a fast-food drive-through when the woman’s 17-year-old son wrestled the gun away from him and shot him.

Carl Chestnut, 44, of Kenner, is expected to survive wounds to his head and body, and will face armed robbery charges once he is released from East Jefferson General Hospital, Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Monday.

It would have been safer to hand over the keys and let the gunman drive off, Sheriff Harry Lee said Monday.

Fortunato said the 53-year-old woman was in line at an Arby’s Roast Beef Restaurant about 1:30 a.m. Monday when Chestnut walked up and pointed a gun at her, demanding their money and the car.

When he leaned inside, aiming the gun with one hand and trying to yank her out with the other, the 17-year-old grabbed the gun, Fortunato said. He said it went off once as they strugged, but did not hit anyone. Once the youth got the gun, he shot Chestnut several times, Fortunato said.

I’m sure people will say “oh, what a brave young man, what a hero!”… but I disagree. This kid is an idiot. Let the carjacker take the car, and your insurance will cover it. Someone could have easily been shot, and for what? The car was probably something like a Lebaron or Sunfire, too.

Unless you’re Bruce Willis or Will Smith, and there’s a film crew standing by, just give the guy the damn car.

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