Kidnappers Find Out It's Unwise to Mess With Sharpshooter
The woman in India took up shooting after having kids
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2017 8:13 AM CDT
Kidnappers in India learned the hard way that it's best not to mess with the family of sharpshooters.   (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

(Newser) – Two kidnappers in India grabbed a 21-year-old Delhi University student who was driving a taxi—and inadvertently messed with the wrong woman, reports India.com. "I just took my gun and shot them," says Ayisha Falaq, 32, the man's sister-in-law and a competitive sharpshooter. "I shot one in his leg, the other in the waist." It all started when the kidnappers beat the man for not having more money on him, and they called his brother at 1am demanding 25,000 rupees or "we will kill him." Little did they know that the young man's older brother was a competitive marksman—and that his wife had taken up shooting after the birth of their second child. In 2015, she'd won a bronze medal at a national shooting competition.

After the kidnappers abruptly changed the meeting spot to confuse the police, Falaq and her family were able to pull up behind their vehicle and show them the money. "I said they could take it, my brother was more precious," says the woman now being hailed a hero in India. Using a second car, they trapped the kidnappers, who "got scared" and started screaming. Falaq pulled her pistol from her purse to show that she was armed, and says they began shooting at her. "I normally shoot targets; this time I had to shoot people," she says. She hit both men, slowing their attempted escape on foot without causing life-threatening injuries. Police have the two men in custody, reports the Guardian, and authorities will launch an investigation into whether Falaq acted in self defense. (This widow and novice sharpshooter outshot a national champion.)

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