Concealed Carrying Grandmother Shoots Would-be Robber 0

Michael Bontaites

Michael Bontaites, 23

MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police officers received a call for a reported shooting around 11:30 p.m.

The victim stated that last night around 11:30 p.m., she stopped at the Mobil on the Run on South Willow Street after work. When she headed back onto South Willow Street, a dark colored sedan was behind her vehicle and following her.

As the woman entered her apartment complex on South Porter Street, she attempted to find a vacant spot near her building, the sedan that had been following parked near her vehicle. As she exited her vehicle to head to her apartment, “She immediately heard a vehicle door close and a person quickly walking up behind her,” according to Lt. Brian O’Keefe of the Manchester Police Department.

“She looked and observed a white male with a dark hooded sweatshirt quickly approach her, run past her, and immediately block her path,” O’Keefe stated in a press release. “The male then reached out and attempted to grab her.” “Your instincts will tell you. Your gut will tell you when something isn’t right,” the woman, who did not wish to be identified.

The woman, who has had a valid concealed carry gun permit for 10 years, pulled a handgun from her pocket and shot the man once in the chest at close range. “I’m not happy about it,” the woman said. “Hope I never have to do it again, you know. But if I was in a situation like that I would imagine I would do it again.”

A female occupant got out of the sedan and picked Bontaites up off the ground, and put him in the sedan and drove off.

As officers were responding to the woman’s 911 call, another Manchester Police Officer identified Bontaites as he entered the emergency room at Elliot Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detectives are currently trying to determine whether the other occupants of the sedan will face charges.