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Sue was a newly divorced mom making a fresh start for herself and her two children. One day, Sue was inside while her children played outside of the house, a man came to the door looking for yard work. Sue kindly showed him the yard and let him into the house to use the phone. She had no idea the man, Dale, was an alleged hit man hired to kill her. Dale shot Sue in the stomach, but, fortunately, the gun jammed and he wasn't able to fire any more bullets. Sue ran to the neighbor's house while Dale escaped. Three months after the shooting, Dale was arrested and convicted for attempted murder, and 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."
FROM: Coming Face-to-Face with Your Attacker
Published on October 25, 2004