Why I Carry: Armed Robber Executes 1 Hiker and Shoots Another After They Complied During Robbery

May 19 2014
by GSL Staff
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police_line_stockMany times you’ll hear law enforcement spokespeople and other public officials advise that compliance is the best way to get through a violent crime.

Unfortunately, for two California hikers that didn’t work. The two men were hiking a northern California trail when they were robbed at gunpoint.

After complying with all of the robber’s requests, the suspect shot both men. One of the victims died at the scene and the second was left for dead for nearly three hours until other hikers came upon the grisly scene.

According to CBS News,

Francis “Pat” Gregory, 69, of West Tisbury, and a 76-year-old man from Manton, California, were hiking a trail north of Red Bluff on Friday when they were confronted by a gunman, said Tehama County Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Greer.

The robber shot the men after taking their money and belongings, and left the victims for dead on a remote part of the trail until another hiker came upon them about three hours later.

Gregory died at the scene; the surviving victim was hospitalized with critical injuries. A doctor told investigators he was expected to pull through, Greer said.

This is yet another story that illustrates why I carry, everyday.

Interestingly, Adventure Journal ran a reader poll that found that 31.7% of respondents said they don’t carry a firearm in while in the backcountry and never would.

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