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A Gun Is Not A Talisman Against Evil

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A Gun Is Not A Talisman Against Evil

A Missouri woman is in critical condition and fighting for her life right now because she pulled a gun to use it as a warning.

It didn’t go so well.

A Florissant man was charged Tuesday with grabbing a pistol from a woman Monday as she was trying to prevent him from attacking her friend in University City, then beating her and her friend with the gun and shooting one of the women.

Mario Pearson, who turned 31 on Saturday, of the 2600 block of Northridge Place, was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He was being held on a $150,000 bail.

The 23-year-old victim pulled out a handgun Monday at a home in the 1200 block of Meyer Street at about 9:20 p.m. when Pearson “began to get rough with the victim’s friend,” court records say.

Pearson then took the gun and beat the women with it. He shot the woman who had originally pulled the gun, police say. She was struck twice in the chest.

The incident happened after the man hired the 23-year-old prostitute and her 21-year-old friend for sex, and the man became “aggressive” with the younger woman.

The woman pulled her concealed gun in an effort to scare the man, but clearly wasn’t committed to using it… perhaps knowing she wasn’t legally justified in pulling the gun at the time. Enraged by her escalation, the man took the gun from her, pistol-whipped both women, and then shot the woman who originally pulled the weapon.

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