A mother’s child is always her child. Even when an 80-year old, 4 foot 9 inch mother is watching her 61-year old daughter getting pistol whipped in a robbery attempt, in their own driveway. Josefa Lopez rose to the occasion, giving a fleeing gunman chase.
Hialeah grandmother, 80, fights off gunman. South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Mama to the rescue! The heck with any thoughts about a thief waving a gun and it going off directly at her. This is how it goes down in Hialeah.
“I thought she was dead,” Lopez said. “I yelled at [the gunman], ‘I am going to kill you, [son of a b----]!’ I wasn’t myself. To me, she was dead.”
“Tis the path of a tiny grandmother that was crossed by an errant thief. Out popped grandma from the SUV that her, her daughter, and a friend were about to drive off in, when she saw her daughter being dragged out from the driver’s seat and getting pummeled by the gunman.
Lopez said she instinctively hopped out of the tall SUV and hurried toward the gunman. She managed to grab the back of his shirt and began tugging at him. She was about to strike him with her cane when the man turned around and fired a shot, but missed her, she said.
This grandma did not get run over by a reindeer. Feisty, all she could think of was tending to her daughter.
Lopez acknowledged she could have been killed, but downplayed any notion of being either brave or heroic. Despite police advice, Lopez said she would take the same actions again.
“When you see your daughter in trouble,” she said, “you have to do something.”
A mother’s child is forever. Gunmen beware of adrenalin-packing octogenarian mamas.