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http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-628subway,0,1807670.story?coll=sfla-news-broward

PLANTATION -- One gunman is dead and another is in critical condition after they tried to rob a sandwich store and were shot by an armed customer Wednesday night, authorities said.

Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale, and Fredrick Gadson, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, entered a Subway restaurant at 1949 N. Pine Island Rd. and demanded money at gunpoint about 11:17 p.m., said Detective Robert Rettig, a police spokesman.

They then attempted to rob the lone customer, John Lovell, 71, of Plantation, by forcing him into the restroom, but Lovell, who was legally armed, pulled his gun and fired, police said.

Arrindell collapsed at the scene, while a police K9 unit found Gadson hiding in a hedge in front of a nearby bank at the Jacaranda Square shopping center, officials said.

Both men were taken to Broward General Medical Center, where Arrindell died.

Gadson was in critical but stable condition on Thursday, investigators said.

Police said Lovell appeared to have shot in self-defense.

A man who said he was a friend of Lovell's described him as a "quiet Clint Eastwood-type you don't want to mess with."

"They just happened to pick on the wrong guy at the wrong time," said Wesley White of Yulee in north Florida. White said he's known Lovell for 19 years.

Lovell is a former Marine who was a member of the helicopter detail that transported Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, White said. He also was a former Pan Am and Delta airline pilot who worked out regularly and was in good condition, White said.

"He's also one heck of a shot," White, 50, said.

Lovell has no family or children and is retired, White said.

No one answered the door at Lovell's two-story townhome Thursday, and attempts to reach him by phone were unsuccessful. Reporters and TV cameras were camped out in front of the residence hoping for an interview.

Charges are pending against the surviving suspect, Rettig said. Lovell is not expected to be charged, the spokesman said.

Police have found a handgun used by one of the suspects, Rettig said.
 

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HoooRaaa ! Good deal, positive article on why to legally carry CCW. My only question is to wonder what his firearm of choice was.
 

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Being a Marine and a pro at protection...my money's on .45...but I noticed something in this encouraging story....the press flocked to get anything they could from anyone they could about him to blare to the world...and some idiot "friend" spoke right up when he should have kept his mouth shut...we need to be circumspect in our conversations with friends and neighbors, 'cause if it was said in private, someone'll have it repeated (and embellished on) on the evening news...fodder for the D.A. or defense lawyers....loose lips sink ships...looks like this guy is fine legally but won't the civil atty. have a field day with that Clint Eastwood comment.....
 

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Sure glad the "old" feller was able to not only protect his own life, but also the other
innocent lives involved. The way that violent crime is on a rampage in our great country--I
am sure there will be more cases reported like this. Maybe the bad guys will enventually
get the message.
 
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