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Gun-wielding senior foils carjacker

UPI News Service, 08/05/2006 

A 78-year-old Philadelphia man used a .38 caliber handgun to thwart a carjacker.

George Newton said that when William Edney approached him, held a pistol to his head and said "Don't do anything funny," he handed him the keys to his sport utility vehicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

But when he saw that Edney was trying to shift gears with his gun hand Newton decided the time had come for action. He pulled out his own weapon and shot Edney in the jaw, and then walked to the other side of the car and shot him in the shoulder.

"Both windows were down so I didn't mess up any of my glass," Newton told the Inquirer.

Edney managed to drive himself to a hospital where he claimed he did not know who had shot him. He faces criminal charges.

Investigators said both guns involved were legally registered.

Newton, a former military police officer and car mechanic, said he knows how to take care of himself. But he said he would much rather be left alone to sit in the park and feed the birds.

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