Skip to comments.Victim in last week's airport shooting dies
Posted on 05/27/2002 5:06:00 PM PDT by chemicalmanEdited on 07/14/2004 12:58:55 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A California woman who was wounded by a shotgun blast last week at Louis Armstrong International Airport died Monday.
The woman, who was shot last Wednesday, has been identified only as a U.S. Defense Department employee in her 40s. Other details were withheld at the request of her family according to officials for the airport and Kenner Regional Medical Center, where she died Monday morning.
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The fact that he was deprived of his teddy bear when he was three or some such nonsense should not stop justice being done.
In our past history, justice was swift, especially when there was no doubt. Now if their is no doubt, lawyers and judges manufacture it.
The fact that this man is Islamic etc should not be a factor, however it will be, and he will cost the taxpayers a fortune and in the end do little time.
Hippo Capsizes Malawi Canoe, 11 Die BLANTYRE, Malawi "A hippo attacked a canoe carrying women and children back from an excursion to buy fish at a nearby island, drowning 11 people in Lake Malawi." See post by Thinkin' Gal - 19
Mass Deaths In Bus Inferno ~~ "At least 65 people were killed in northern India when a bus carrying a wedding party hit a high voltage cable and burst into flames. ... The tragedy happened about 90 miles from Lucknow, the northern Indian state capital of Uttar Pradesh."
They are out of luck now.
3 weeks before 9-11
Train crash kills 196 MAPUTO, Mozambique "A train carrying weekend visitors to South Africa slammed into a freight train parked at a station in southern Mozambique yesterday, killing 196 persons and injuring hundreds more." ...
Jet plunges into strait; 225 aboard PENGHU, Taiwan "A Boeing 747-200 that China Airlines planned to retire next month crashed yesterday in the Taiwan Strait as it was flying 225 persons to Hong Kong. No survivors were immediately found, and the airline said about 100 bodies were spotted floating in the choppy waters."
Anyone see a pattern here.
The other night I watched a special on airport security, and how "most people think" security starts inside where you run your bags through the x-rays. The special says it starts at the curb. Unfortunately, this murderer Gott didn't check his sawed-off with a SKYCAB at the curb, making the special I watched a joke. I can't believe he made it to the ticket counters with a shotgun. Why aren't there metal screeners at the entrances?
I am curious to see how long it will be before Muslims speak out against this Gott guy and say he was an impostor just trying to give Islam a bad name, all because he is white. Whatever happened to their crusade of "hate crimes"? Does this fall into that category?
Last week a female was shot to the abdomen with a shotgun. All because the "perp", was ridiculed because of his "TURBAN"
Now----------------, the victim was a Defense Dept. Employee!
At least she was on duty to spot the flea-ladden-carpet peddler!
I'm sorry for her family.
IMHO, drop him on the tarmac, just before after-burn!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't know that before. I was thinking I had missed it, but it is a huge revelation, isn't it?
I'm curious, though. Remember that guy Buford Furrow (?) who killed those kids in the Jewish Center here in L.A.? He also shot a mailman, a government employee... Wasn't he brought up on federal charges because of the mailman's death? I don't remember ANY federal charges against Gott. I DO remember a "misdemeanor weapons charge." And in an airport, which we are also told is now federalized!
I thought it was the Sihks (sp?)who wore turbans. Do Moslem men wear turbans? What do you call those things that the Saudis wear on their heads? Something doesn't seem right here.
By Stephanie Doster
East Jefferson bureau/The Times-Picayune
Ricardo Parris had just issued a ticket to Southwest Airlines passenger Amy Michelson and was checking in another passenger at Louis Armstrong International Airport on May 22 when he saw a man wearing a turban pull a shotgun out from under his shirt.
Before Parris could yell a warning, the gunman pulled the trigger, hitting Michelson in the stomach as she was making her way to the gate.
The gunman turned and walked toward Parris at the Southwest ticket counter.
He pointed the gun at Southwest passenger Timothy Freeman, who was standing in front of Parris. The gun jammed, and in that second, Southwest employees Lenny Tully and Parris and passenger Freeman tackled the gunman, pinning him until police arrived.
Michelson, 45, of San Diego, died Monday at Kenner Regional Medical Center, but the efforts of Parris, Tully, Freeman and two other men to tackle the shooter and save her life were honored Friday at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Harvey.
Calling their actions "heroic," Sheriff Harry Lee presented plaques to Ricardo, Tully and Freeman; Kenneth Padgett, manager of safety and hazardous materials for the airport; and a federal sky marshal who works undercover and received his recognition anonymously.
Had the men not intervened, Lee said, "there would have been a gun battle in the lobby" between the alleged gunman, Patrick Gott, and law enforcement officers.
"It feels good," Parris, of Metairie, said about receiving the recognition. "I just wish no one had died."
May 22 had been a slow day at the Southwest ticket counter, Tully said. About three or four passengers were waiting to check in for their flights about 3:30 p.m., when, police said, Gott walked into the airport and fired his 12-gauge shotgun once, hitting Michelson in the stomach and a Southwest employee in the hand.
Gott, 43, of Pensacola, Fla., who faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, told deputies he had been upset because someone made fun of his turban. He has told police he is Muslim and reads the Quran daily.
"Before I could say, "Gun!," he pulled the trigger. I saw her hit the floor. He turned and started walking toward the Southwest counter," Parris said.
Around him, people were running. Airline employees and passengers alike scrambled onto luggage belts behind the ticket counters to ride to safety.
Freeman, who was standing at the counter, had relinquished his place in line to Michelson to call his travel agent about his reservation, Parris said. Now, Michelson was lying on the ground in front of the U.S. Airways ticket counter.
The gunman then "pointed the gun at Freeman. It jammed, and I saw Lenny," Parris said. Gott "had a look in his eyes like, I'm just here to do harm.' "
When the gun jammed, Tully made the first tackle, knocking Gott to the ground "like a linebacker," Tully said. "It was all adrenaline. It really was."
Parris said he skirted around the counter and held Gott around the waist, while Freeman, a software engineer and former Army Ranger from the San Diego area, lunged and wrestled with Gott's legs. Another passenger kicked the gun out of Gott's reach, said Parris, who also served in the Army.
"We didn't give each other any signal," Parris said. "When Lenny hit him, we charged him."
They said Gott did not put up much of a struggle.
He had said only one word -- "Allah" -- before firing the first shot, Parris said.
Meanwhile, a sky marshal, who was standing at the Southwest ticket counter, heard the shot, jumped behind the counter and saw that Michelson had been hit.
He drew his gun and began taking aim at Gott when the three other men subdued Gott, police said. The sky marshal handcuffed Gott and remained with the other men at the scene until police arrived.
Parris said he thought the sky marshal was a second gunman until the officer flashed his badge.
"I didn't know if we could get up in time from this guy to grab the other guy," Parris said.
Padgett, who had raced downstairs when he heard the shot from his third-floor office, said he held Gott's head down with his knee until he heard someone shout, "A woman's down!" and went to help Michelson, radioing for help.
As Padgett, a trained emergency medical technician, began to treat her injury with a first-aid kit, Michelson told him someone needed to intercept her baggage so that she would have something to wear when she left the hospital.
Her words, "I'm hanging in there," are still fresh in his mind.
Despite their success in possibly preventing more deaths or injuries, Michelson's death stung the men.
"I felt like it was my fault in a way because I didn't go quick enough," Tully said.
"It seems like I put a lot into it, and when she died, I felt like a part of me died," Padgett said.
Gott's sister, Cynthia Gott, of Pensacola, expressed her sympathies to Michelson's family.
"The whole Gott family wants to pass along our condolences," she said. "We're all grieving for them, too."
Padgett, who was the first to tend to Michelson as she lay on her side, said Michelson was composed and calm, helping him to control his nerves.
"(She) was the hero," Padgett said Friday. "She was the calm in the storm."
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Stephanie Doster may be reached at email@example.com or (504) 883-7054.