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One day when Sue, a newly divorced mom, was inside alone while her two children played outside, a man came to the door looking for yard work. Sue showed him around the yard and let him into the house when he asked to use the phone. She had no idea the man, Dale, had been hired to kill her. Dale shot Sue in the stomach, but, miraculously, the gun jammed and he wasn't able to fire any more bullets.

Sue ran to the neighbor's house while Dale escaped. "I saw the cartridge on the ground. I heard a voice in my head telling me, 'You've been shot and you need to get out of the house,'" Sue says. "I got up and ran for my life."

Three months after the shooting, Dale was arrested and convicted for attempted murder. He served 12 years in prison.

Even with Dale behind bars, Sue didn't feel safe. "I had nightmares for several years of people chasing me with guns," she says. "I was so scared all the time, I carried a loaded gun in my purse for about two years."
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Published on November 08, 2006

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