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compelling. thanks so much. great to see you. >> thank you. >> appreciate it very much. that is all for today. we'll be back >> they are the good guys. >> the dog looked like he was about to get swept away. >> and the bad. >> trying to slit my throat from behind, telling me she's going to kill me. >> men and women capable of courageous action. >> if we didn't get things going quickly, he was losing brain function. >> or dastardly deeds. >> they were carrying guns, big guns. >> from the valiant. >> i didn't know how many thrusts it would take. he was a lot bigger guy than i was. >> to the violent. >> the first few blows were so painful.
>> they have one thing in common, the camera's eye captures them all. "caught on camera heroes and villains." a family trip takes a traumatic turn. >> he looked dead. his eyes were rolled back. i thought for sure he was already gone. >> when this husband and stepfather stops breathing and needs lifesaving help. >> if we stop now there's no hope for him. >> stay with me, baby. stay with me. >> august 27th, 2011, rapid city, south dakota. a beautiful summer day in the city of presidents, where just west of the city, the mountain range, home to the famed mt.
rushmore. police officer kathleen phillips is on routine patrol when at 7:25 p.m. she hears an emergency call over the police radio. a man has lost consciousness. philip, just blocks away, immediately responds. her dashboard camera rolling. >> please, he's dying. please, dear god. >> i got out of the car as quickly as i could. ran up to see what's going on and saw a man unconscious in the passenger seat. >> 44-year-old jeff seamans driving through south dakota with his family is in full cardiac arrest. >> he looked pretty ashen, gray in color. he wasn't breathing. he was slumped over to the side. >> i need help getting him out of the car. >> his wife patricia is on the phone with 911 as his stepdaughter lilly anxiously looks on.
phillips knows she has to act quickly. >> he needed to have chest compressions. i grabbed an arm and tried to pull as hard as i could. i didn't get very far. he was probably about double my size. so i asked his wife for help. >> we need to get him out of here, ma'am. come on. >> when i was pulling him out of the car, she said i can't do it. >> i can't do it. >> i tried to count one, two, three to get her to lift with me but it wasn't working well. >> i can't. >> one, two, three. >> jeff, jeff. honey, baby, please. >> we weren't able to get him up the hill. >> dear god. >> come on. >> please hurry. >> back up, back up, back up. >> just when things looked grim, fellow officer christopher hunt arrives and immediately helps phillips lift seamans. >> i was able to start doing chest compressions on him right
away. >> phillips knows the odds of him surviving are slim. 92% of those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital don't make it. seamans has now been in full arrest for close to four minutes. >> stay with me, dear god. >> he wasn't responding, wasn't breathing, didn't look at me, nothing. he was just laying there. >> if we didn't get things going quickly, he was losing brain function every second that we waited. >> dear god, jeff, stay with me. >> officer michael frybarger arrives next carrying an automated electronic defibrillator, a device used to start the heart. >> a heart doesn't actually stop, it's in fibrillation. it's quivering, not actually pumping anything out.
what the ad does is stops the heart completely. someone needs to be there to administer the chest compressions to get it going in a proper rhythm again. frybarger attaches two pads to seamans chest. after an interactive scan, the aed detects defibrillation and recommends a shock. >> everyone stepped back, pressed the button and the shock was administered. >> stay back. >> when the man was shocked, his whole body jumps. to see his whole body tense up and jump, it's kind of surreal. >> still didn't have much hope that things were going to go okay for this man. >> as an officer continues giving compressions, a woman approaches. the woman explains she's an off duty nurse and offers to assist. >> let me know if i'm doing things right. >> she jumped in right away and
started doing chest compressions with us. >> but even with this good samaritan's help, seamans needs to get to a hospital if he's going to survive. >> it seemed like it took forever for medical to get there. >> though it may have seemed like forever for paramedics to get to the scene, paramedics arrived six minutes after they got the call. to assist the emts, the officers moved him up the hill to more level ground. >> it didn't feel like i was lifting a person. it felt like i was lifting a dead body. >> paramedics immediately take charge of seamans care. >> pretty much right away they gave another shock using our aed. they started hooking him up to ivs, putting him on the backboard and giving cpr. >> after more than six minutes in cardiac arrest, seamans is still not responding. >> still didn't feel good about his chances for survival.
>> didn't really know what was going to happen. >> honey, stay with me. don't give up. >> my heart had stopped a total of six times. >> against all odds, jeff seamans survives. >> i had three blocked arteries. two were 100% blocked, one was 90% blocked. >> after he was rushed to the hospital, jeff remains in critical condition, kept alive by a ventilator. doctors perform emergency open-heart surgery. after two days on life support, jeff's heartbeat stabilizes. >> by some miracle, i became conscious and i was breathing on my own and my heart was working on its own. >> jeff spends a week in recovery before leaving the hospital. several months later he sees the police dash-cam video for the first time. >> jeff, please stay with me. dear god. >> i guess the toughest part of the whole thing is hearing my
wife beg me to stay with her. >> dear god, jeff, stay with me, baby. >> that is the hardest part, just to stay with her. >> jeff is at a loss to describe the gratitude he feels to the first responders who saved his life. >> there's no way to thank someone enough. how do you thank someone for giving you life again. it's just great to see i had a part in keeping that family together. >> i think about him every day, especially when i put on my uniform. it's what we're here for, why we do what we do, to save someone that needs your help. coming up, a defenseless teen is beaten. the man holding the belt, her own father. >> why would somebody do that to their own child. >> when "caught on camera heroes and villains" continues. a man. but jim has afib, atrial fibrillation --
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>> bend over that bed. >> a young girl is beaten with a leather belt. >> bend over the bed. >> by her own father, a respected judge. >> dad just kept coming back with the belt. he kept coming back. >> get on your stomach on the bed now. >> i remember thinking he won't top. >> get on your stomach, i said. >> why won't he just stop. >> the year is 2004, rockport, texas. hillary adams, a shy home schooled teenager with a rare form of cerebral palsy has discovered a new world, the internet. >> i found out there were other people you could find with the same interests as you, even if you thought you were the only person in the entire world. you could find a friend on the internet. and that was just magical to a little kid like me.
>> according to hillary's mom hallie, the 16-year-old begins to spend more and more of her free time online. >> she loved video games. she loved being on the computer, chatting on the computer or even skyping on the computer. >> but her daughter's cyber life does not sit well with her family william, a family law judge for aransas county. >> he didn't like it in her life or my life. >> when her father learns she had been downloading music illegally off the internet. >> all he knew was downloading meant illegal. that was basically stealing. not that i'm condoning it. >> i could tell something was going to happen. >> that something hillary fears is a physical beating from her father. >> he would discipline harshly when things didn't go his way. it was usually the belt. it happened more and more often
until finally it was once every one or two weeks. >> on this particular evening hillary sets up a small video camera on a dresser in her bedroom hoping to document her father's behavior in case he becomes violent. minutes after hillary presses record, william adams enters her room. >> get over here. >> brandishing a leather belt. >> as soon as the light switched off, i knew that it was going to be bad. >> bend over that bed. >> dad. >> hillary hesitates. >> bend over the bed. bend over the bed. >> stop. stop. >> when i didn't comply to what he was telling me to do, he grabbed my hand and just lashed me anyway, and he would not stop. >> stop. stop. >> bend over the bed. i'm going to keep hitting you on your legs. >> after a minute stopped i had totally forgotten about the camera in the corner.
>> bend over the bed. stand up. stand up. >> i sink down on the floor. so he picked me up and threw me back onto the bed. bend over the bed. >> the first few blows were so painful, i didn't know what was what. i was just sitting there, and he would just hit me. >> i keep leaving the room and going down to my bedroom, which is what i usually had done when he disciplined her. this time i would come back because i wanted to see what was going on. i wanted to try to stop him. >> hallie adams takes the belt from her husband. >> i believe she got it away from him. she wanted to stop him. but at the same time she had to
make it look like she was on his side, otherwise he would turn against her. >> you turn over, i'm going to spank you on your butt. you turn over like a 16-year-old and take it like a grown woman. turn over. >> she won't. she's disobedient. give it to me. >> turn over. >> she was trying to protect me by keeping hold of the belt. because if she took the weapon away from him, hopefully that would make him cool off a little bit. >> i took the belt away from him and he asked for a bigger one. >> hallie says she hopes he'll let it drop if she makes a show of disciplining hillary. >> i knew he was outside the room. i was talking loud, talking mean, hoping he would hear me. >> all the way on your stomach. thank you. >> hillary is stunned when her mother hits her with the belt. >> at that point i didn't understand the complexity of
what was happening. i didn't know she was trying to protect me by doing that, by trying to end it sooner. i was terribly confused. i thought she agreed with him. i felt so betrayed. i felt so hurt. >> there was a lull. i wasn't sure if things were ending or not. then all of a sudden dad came in. >> i never get my lick on her. get on your [ bleep ] stomach on your bed now. get on your stomach or i'm going to start beating you again. >> he bends down and grabs my hair and lifts me right up to his face. >> i'm going to keep beating you and beating you. >> the pure evil that was coming out of his mouth right there into my face. >> if i hear so much as you raise your voice to me or your mother with the wrong tone, you
look at me wrong, i'm going to take you in there and wear your ass out with this belt. that's what it's come to. that's what it's come to. >> adams leaves the room and doesn't return. >> all of a sudden i remembered the camera. as fast as i could, i took the camera down and plugged it into my computer. i code it in a few different places and i erased the tape. >> hillary says her father's physical violence tapers off after the incident and for the next several years the video remains a secret. that would change seven years later in the fall of 2011 when hillary, 2 and living on her own decides to release the video after a financial dispute with her father. hillary posts the video on youtube. within hours it goes viral setting off a firestorm of
national media coverage. >> a disturbing story out of texas. >> hillary and her mom hallie, now divorced from william, appear on the "today" show and other national media. william adams gives his side when questioned by a local reporter at the time. >> in my mind i haven't done anything wrong other than discipline after my child after she was caught stealing. i did lose my temper but i've since apologized. it looks worse than it is. there is a story. it will come out in time. >> you acknowledge that is you. >> it is me. >> police investigate but the statute of limitations has run out and no charges are filed. >> adams is suspended with full pay from the bench pending the results of an investigation by the state commission on judicial conduct. in september 2012, the commission issues adams a public warning about his conduct.
two months later adams is reinstated by the state supreme court. up for re-election in 2014, he declined our request for an interview or comment. >> hallie still struggles with her participation in the beating. >> i actually really did think about, you know, maybe it might just be better if i took my own life. i did consider that. i regret that i wasn't strong, and i regret that i didn't call the police. >> hillary says she still hopes someday to reconcile with her father but has no regrets about posting the video. >> a normal person would not hurt an animal like that. they wouldn't whip a puppy or anything. they wouldn't whip a cat that they find, so why would somebody do that to their own child? >> coming up, flash floods strand a panicked pooch.
a frightened canine is caught in a surging torrent of water. >> the dog looked like he was about to get swept away. >> but will help come in time? january 22nd, 2010, los angeles, california, a city famous for its perfect weather has been inundated with several days of heavy rain. paramedic joe st. georges of the los angeles fire department and the rest of his ariel rescue team are standing by to field emergency calls at a helipad just west of the los angeles river. >> it's a man made tributary or channel designed and built specifically to move massive amounts of water rapidly.
on a normal sunny day, it's just another area. but certainly once the rains begin, it's a much different animal. >> soon after arriving at the helipad, pilot scott bowman and the team get an unusual emergency call. >> the dog was in the water. when they gave a location, i realized we could almost see where he was from sitting on top of the helipad. >> rescues from nearby walls and under the bridge are already under way. so far the germany shepherd mix was evading capture. >> a number were involved in the rescue operation but they weren't able to get to the dog for a variety of reasons. we really were the only option. >> within minutes pilot bowman and the team are hovering above the river but they need to work fast. >> the incident commander was telling us they were getting heavy rains at their location, which is only a couple miles away, which means that water is going to be coming to us in
fairly short order. >> that's not the only serious risk they are facing. >> the dangers of this mission in particular were the proximity to overhead wires. the dog was fairly close to a power station on the land. >> adding to their concern, the crew didn't know how long the dog can fight the raging currents and the helicopter's fierce winds. >> the dog looked like he was getting very tired. he started struggling a bit. >> local news cruise capture these dramatic images as st. georges is lowered into the swiftly moving river. >> as i was getting to him, the water was moving, and i couldn't tell whether the dog was trying to get away from me or whether he was losing his footing and about to be taken down river. >> as st. georges approaches, the terrified dog tries in vein to scale the wall. he slips, falls into the river and nearly gets swept away
before the paramedic lungs after him. but the panicked pooch fights to get away. >> once i made contact with the dog, he tried to defend himself. >> the dog attacks st. georges biting his arms and hands. >> the dog is wet. he's cold. it's incredibly loud and windy. these helicopters generator upwards of 100-mile-an-hour winds. it's not surprising the dog started fighting back. i couldn't get angry at the dog for doing what dogs do. >> with the canine's jaws clamped around one arm, st. georges makes a grab for his collar with the other. >> i had his body, so i had a good level of control. i was just making sure to get everything positioned well enough once we were hoisted out of the water i'd still be able to maintain control. >> st. georges is able to secure the german shepherd mix by the collar and nods to bowman, the signal to begin the airlift.
seconds later, they are high above the surging waters, little relief to the dog. >> once he was in the air, obviously this is an environment this animal has never been in 30 feet in the air. he actually starts trying to swim. that's the closest thing he can relate this experience to is back in the water. >> bowman quickly lowers st. georges and the dog onto a nearby bridge where they are immediately met by other rescue personnel. the traumatized canine is rushed to a local animal shelter where he's dubbed vernon, after the area of l.a. in which he was rescued. vernon escapes the ordeal without injury. st. georges, however, is not so lucky. >> the dog crushed the bone in joe's thumb and took off a portion of it. >> bowman flies st. georges to
the nearest hospital where he's treated and soon released. after thousands watched the rescue unfold on live television, media gathered to bring the people of the story of st. george's heroics. >> this looks a lot worse than it really is. >> we got letters from all over the world. i think people were surprised that we took the time and the effort and the manpower to effect a rescue on the dog. >> not all the reaction is positive. some question the risk and expense to save a single dog. for bowman, the reason is clear. >> if the dog is in the water and we don't go get the dog, somebody is going to go get the dog. probably more than one person. there's going to be people in the river. now we have to rescue the people and the dog. >> another reason, far more personal. >> i don't want to watch a dog die in the river when i have the capability to do something about it. there's no way any of us would
sit there and watch that. >> even with all the media coverage of the dramatic rescue, it takes a week for vernon to be reunited with his owners. turns out his real name is spikey. they had no idea what happened to him after he got out of their backyard. st. georges and vernon are both recognized by animal advocacy group for saving spikey's life. it's an honor st. georges takes in stride. the humble paramedic insists he's no hero. it's all in a day's work. >> there are 3,000 firefighters within the city of los angeles. i don't think there's any one of them that would not have done what i did. i can really even say that for almost any firefighter across the country, it's what we do. >> coming up. >> there's a brutal people that saw something and wanted it. >> two thugs want a surprise attack leaving this bartender
the bartender takes a stand and fights back. >> they thought i was going to give them all my money, but that's not what happened. >> january 15th, 2010, lakewood, colorado. it's just before 1:30 early friday morning, last call at the cordial lounge. security cameras roll as behind the bar, 32-year-old owner t.j. is closing up shop. >> i was cleaning glasses, putting things away. it got to a point where i began counting and shuffling the money around in my drawer getting ready to close the restaurant down. >> t.j. waits on four remaining customers playing pool, patrons he's never seen before, two women and two men. as t.j. counts the money in the cash drawer, one of the women approached the bar. >> i thought she was going to ask for another round of drinks.
>> but the woman is not thirsty. >> she grabbed me and sort of pulled me toward her. and to this day, it's the weirdest thing, but i thought she was going to try and give me a kiss. i thought she was coming onto me, to be honest. then i realized, of course, pretty quickly that she wasn't. she was attacking me. she was going for the drawer of money. >> she is not acting alone. >> another patron from the bar, a male, ends up assisting the female and starts to attack the bartender. >> lakewood police detective matt vandiver investigated the case. >> the bartender attempts to get away from her with the cash register and it gets knocked to the ground. >> suddenly the tussle takes a more dangerous turn. >> that's when i saw the knife. she's trying to slit my throat from behind, telling me she's going to kill me or i'm going to die. >> the blade just misses t.j.'s neck but slices his left ear. the woman slashes at t.j. again,
this time stabbing him in the abdomen. >> i knew i had been punctured. when your life is threatened and you're in that fight mode, you kind of don't think about it. you just think, i'm fighting for my life right now. >> with no other employees left in the bar, t.j.'s best chance for help is a hidden panic button under the counter. he purposefully maneuvers his attackers toward the center of the bar and is able to reach the silent alarm to alert police. >> when our dispatcher sees a panic alarm, our officers respond immediately to the scene. >> the phone immediately started ringing off the hook, so i knew the police were on the way. it was very reassuring. >> at that moment the bar owner turns the table on his attackers. he now goes on the offensive fighting to keep the assailants there until police arrive. >> i wasn't going to let them leave the building.
i just had this fire in my belly as a husband and father and business owner that i just had to do this. >> the friends of the two robbers, apparently unaware of the robbery plans come out from playing pool and realizes what's going on. for a moment it looks as if each try to stop the fight. they give up. instead of helping t.j., they flee the bar. the three-way throwdown rages on. at one point a tap handle is knocked into the on position. what comes next puts t.j. on the short list for bar owner of the year. >> i'm not sure exactly what the bartender was thinking but he took the time while fighting to turn the tap off and save the beer. >> as the fighting continues, the female attackers is able to break free. >> she had taken a pool cue, lined up and came right down on the top of my hair, which is by far the most devastating blow i
aimed, even more than being stabbed. it bled a lot. >> several minutes have passed since the fight began and t.j. is losing steam. >> i remember thinking i don't know if i can hang out this long. where are the cops. >> at 1:30 a.m., five minutes after t.j. hits the panic button, police arrive. arrested, 34-year-old pamela tolbert and her boyfriend alfonzo portugal, 28. she gets a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and second degree assault. portugal pleads guilty to aggravated robbery and is sentenced to 12 years behind bars. central to the case, the video recorded by security cameras installed by a previous owner after an earlier robbery.
>> i think it would have been difficult to get a true understanding of what occurred or what the assailants had actually attended to do with the bartender until we saw that footage and what occurred. >> the two customers who fled the scene are not charged. lucky for t.j. his stab wound is superficial. no stitches necessary. but the blow from the pool cue requires 13. >> i think t.j. is lucky to be alive after this. >> t.j. has no regrets about fighting back rainfall when things that are valuable to you are threatened, i think just about anybody would be amazed at what they can do to defend those things. >> for t.j., the assault is a life changing event. within weeks he sells the cordial lounge and quits the bar business all together. he goes back to school, choosing a new career path as a grade school teacher. in another twist, t.j. has forgiven them for their brutal assault and may even seek to have their prison terms reduced.
>> i probably will begin investigating actions i can take towards some sort of restorative justice or mediation with them and see if they can hopefully become good people and productive members of our society. >> coming up, time is running out for a customer choking on a quesadilla. >> the table next to me ran up and grabbed my arm and said, you've got to do something. you've got to do something. >> when "caught on camera, heroes and villains" continues. ñ
>> all of a sudden, you're not breathing, and you only have a matter of a minute or two to get that food out of your throat or you're done. >> but help is on the menu, thanks to a hero waiter. >> i didn't know how many thrusts it would take. once i got around him, he was a lot bigger guy than i was. >> it was the scariest moment of my life definitely. >> march 2nd, 2011, atlanta, georgia. it's early wednesday evening at verde taqueria. a very popular restaurant. >> a busy night. i had a number of tables in a row. >> a graduate student at nearby georgia state university has his hands full. >> i was kind of in a busy state of mind trying to ring in their orders, keep everything flowing smoothly. >> seated at one of those tables, georgia tech undergrad
paul hargut. >> we were just out for dinner and a few drinks. it was me and my wife, her two sisters and three or four of their friends. >> security cameras installed just two weeks before catch paul and the group sharing a relaxing evening. paul addition into a dish called the black and blue quesadilla, grilled steak with blue cheese, chihuahua cheese, caramelized onions. midway through the meal, he takes an especially big bite and swallows only to feel a chunk of quesadilla lodge in his throat. paul immediately does what most of us would do, reaches for miss glass of water. >> tried to wash it down. it wasn't going down. i kept drinking water. >> but water only makes things worse. >> the water pushed it down further in there but it didn't go down into my stomach, it went down into my air tube.
that completely blocked any air from coming in and all the water came back out. it looked like i was throwing up. i realized i couldn't breathe. it was pretty terrifying. >> paul's wife to his left thinks he's getting sick and hands him a napkin. >> i just brushed that off. i didn't need a napkin. i needed someone to give me the heimlich maneuver. that's when i stood up and tried to get help from people. that's when everybody starts freaking out. >> a quick thinking patron alerts the waiter. >> a guy from the table next to theirs ran up to me and grabbed my arm and said, you've got to do something. you've got to do something. >> paul's wife tries slapping his back before his sister-in-law makes an attempt at the heimlich maneuver. >> she's only 5-foot, 100 pounds. i don't think she could get her arm around me. >> it's been 35 seconds since paul stopped breathing.
>> this is a life or death moment. somebody is either going to save me or i'm going to die right here in front of all my friends. >> it doesn't take matt long to realize that somebody is him. >> once i saw the other woman at the table was unable to perform the heimlich, that's when i jumped in. >> not a moment too soon. paul has now gone 45 seconds without air. >> i was starting to get a little dizzy right when he came over, probably was about to fall down to the ground. he grabbed me right in the nick of time. >> heimlich training is mandatory at the restaurant, so matt knows just what to do. >> he just came right up behind me, had his hand right under my sternum. >> i ran up, placed my fist below his rib cage. my thrusts were in and up and had to lift him off his feet. >> he lifted me a good foot and a half off the ground. >> matt gives several hard thrusts and then -- >> it pretty much flew right out
of my mouth. >> matt's heimlich works, propelling the piece of food from paul's windpipe. >> i took a huge breath of air. i was really starved for some oxygen. that first breath was the biggest sigh of relief i've ever had in my whole life. >> i looked on the chair and saw it was a good sized piece of steak and cheese. i grabbed the napkin real quick and scooped it up. he had seen enough of the black and blue quesadilla for the night. >> paul is shaken, slowly makes his way back to the table. >> i couldn't thank him enough. he had saved my life. >> matt, the professional, jumps into waiter mode. >> assured the tables everything is okay, nothing had happened. >> yes, paul does finish the dish that nearly finished him, that black and blue quesadilla. >> i was very cautious chewing
my food. >> the next day, proud of matt's heroics posted the security video online and paul is stunned at what he sees. >> i didn't realize how close i was to dying. it really only felt like maybe 15 to 20 seconds. after i watched the video, it went on for about a full minute. i didn't realize it had gone on that long. >> matt becomes a local hero, albeit a reluctant one. >> anybody should step in and help. that's part of what we should do being citizens in a community. i don't think that makes awe hero in any type of way. >> what's up, man? >> good to see you. >> good to see you. >> paul begs to differ. >> really the only reason i'm still here is because he took the reins and did what he was trained to do and he saved my life.
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three armed men storm a gas station convenience store but get more than they bargain for. >> they don't know what's behind closed doors. >> a gun wielding grandma who sends them running for cover. >> i do know how to pull the trigger. >> june 26th, beach island carolina, a town with two speeds, slow and slower. a local fixture, todd's
convenience store where mary todd has been working the front counter for more than 35 years. >> when my husband is not there, i like to be there. if problems arise, i take care of it. >> on this lazy friday afternoon, the great-grandmother twice over retreats to the store's back office to indulge her twin passions. >> i was crocheting and watching television, and that's a good thing to do. >> seven security cameras roll as two teenager cashiers work the registers up front while long time employee michael wallace stalks the shelves. >> come to work at 2:00 in the afternoon. i was stocking some beer to put on the shelf. >> just another routine day. >> everything was real, real smooth. going smooth. >> until just before 3:00.
three masked men rush in. >> they were dressed in a lot of clothes. they had things on their faces. they were carrying guns, big guns. >> they wanted the guns to be seen. they wanted to hurt somebody. >> they were going to clean us out of all the money. >> the men immediately split up. one guards the door. another makes a beeline for the back of the store, while the third heads straight for wallace. >> he come up to me, told me to get on the floor. i'll be honest with you, i was scared. you don't want to make these people madder than they already are. you buck them, they will shoot you. >> when the gunman looks away for an instant, wallace moves toward the front counter where the store's silent alarm is.
>> that's when i start easing over to get behind the counter. he grabbed ahold of my shirt and hit me with the gun like a blunt force hit. that's when i went down. >> wallace is knocked out cold but one of the cashiers had better luck reaching the alarm. >> the little girl on the cash register, we call her little red. going down on the floor, she hit the alarm button for the police to come. >> meanwhile the gunman at the back of the store is trying to break down the door to mary's office. >> i crooked my head around to look out that little window where the door was, and i saw a man running and hitting the door. by the time he hit it a second time, i reached for my gun. it was on top of my bible. >> mary's weapon of choice, a .38 special. >> i live by the bible and i live by the gun. i always keep my gun on my bible
with a big rubber band on it. i took my gun off and i cocked the gun. my husband always told me, mary, if you have to use the gun, cock, it will go a hot faster. >> the gunman after several tries gives up. robber number two, bigger and presumably stronger takes over. >> i know i was in deep, deep trouble. really deep trouble. i was in deep trouble. >> at that moment, mary says help comes from an unexpected place. she hears the voice of her late son ryan who died of a heart attack at 42. >> that's my guardian angel. he said, mama, take a step back and shoot the window out. and i did. i took a step back, and i shot the window out. i pulled the trigger. >> the blast from mary's .38
caliber gun shatters the office window, tearing into the ceiling. shaken by mary's shot the gunmen flee the store. >> when i come to, i heard them holler out, this is not going to happen today. that's when they really took off. >> all three suspects are still at large, but have steered clear of trying another robbery at the store. michael wallace remains impressed with mary's shooting skills. >> i would say she was pretty good. we give her the name annie oakley. >> but for mary todd, it's just another day at the office. >> i never did get nervous about it. i was doing my job. i always try to handle any situation in that store. i had protection, and i was willing to use it.
breaking news this morning -- secretary of state john kerry joins me to explain president obama's political gamble. why he decided to seek congressional authority for military action against syria. >> this attack is an assault on human dignity. it also presents a serious danger to our national security. >> with the debate now shifting to congress, we'll have reaction from kentucky republican senator rand paul, a member of the foreign relations committee, plus our roundtable on president obama's leadership. has he presented a convincing case to a skeptical american public? will the abrupt delay of military action be interpreted by the