Grandma Defends Grandchildren from Attacker: ‘I shot him in the face’

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The owner of the Sarah’s Pet Spa, Sarah Shoe, will not be charged after shooting and killing a man threatening to attack her and her grandchildren. (Photo: WCNC)

A Charlotte, NC, woman will not be charged after shooting and killing a man who was threatening to attack her and her grandchildren.

The Cabarrus County District Attorney’s Office determined that Sarah Shoe acted in self-defense during an incident that occurred at her business, Sarah’s Pet Spa, last month.

The DA reviewed multiple pieces of evidence to make the decision, including witness testimony, physical evidence, and a 911 call in which the dispatcher asked Shoe whether anyone needed an ambulance.

“I shot him in the face. He’s probably dead,” Shoe responded matter-of-factly.

The altercation began between Shoe and a neighboring business owner over a water bill, according to NBC Charlotte.

The adjacent owner, DeShawn Tatum, visited Shoe’s business and started a fight with Shoe’s boyfriend, Christopher Gray.

Gray told police he asked Tatum to leave the store over a dozen times, but he refused until Shoe pulled out her gun.

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Tatum left, but returned about a minute and a half later. Shoe called the police as Tatum stood outside the pet spa yelling and threatening.

“You said he’s back?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yeah, he’s out there screaming. If he comes in I’m shooting him,” Shoe said.

Gray went to the front door to ask Tatum to leave, but he responded by yelling, “I’m the General from Virginia, you don’t know who you just f***** with. I make one phone call and I’ll have an army down here.”

Tatum appears to be a member of a group called the “Yahshua Movement” in which he goes by the name “The General,” according to NBC.

“Is it the same guy that came in the first time?” the dispatcher asked Shoe.

“Yes, it’s the same guy that came in and attacked my boyfriend,” Shoe responded.

Police say Tatum grabbed Gray while he was at the front door and began hitting him in the head. When he began moving towards Shoe and her grandchildren, she pointed her gun at his head.

Tatum reportedly continued walking towards Shoe saying “shoot me.” Shoe complied, fatally shooting him before her could reach her.

There is no reliable data on the number of times each day a firearm is used for self-defense in the United States. Unlike this incident, many are not covered in the news, and the victim frequently never has to fire a shot. Estimates range anywhere from several hundred thousand to 2 million defensive gun uses (DGUs) a year.

But regardless of the exact number, the Second Amendment thankfully gives individuals like Shoe the power to protect themselves, their businesses, and their loved ones if the need arises.

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  • Chris Hale April 23, 2018, 5:51 am

    The “general” was a freeky looking albino with orange dreadlocks.He is better off in hell.

  • Jason December 23, 2017, 8:35 pm

    Hey! Another one bites the dust (or bullet).

  • Neptune Steel December 23, 2017, 10:57 am

    I think this now deceased was a general. A general pain in the ass. He should have stuck to break dancing or removing confederate monuments. Sounds like a closed casket to me.

  • Capn Stefano December 22, 2017, 6:22 pm

    Yashua is the Hebrew name for Christ. He said in Matthew 24:
    4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

    Organized apostate religion is far more dangerous than this lone nut was. BTW head shots for the win at that range

  • ejharb December 22, 2017, 3:32 pm

    This caused me to smile.
    We should have a organization called”Darwin for dirtballs”that awards a medal plus a choice of a target or walmart gift card for $30.
    And parchment suitable for framing.
    After the police clear the shoot of course

  • John Bibb December 22, 2017, 1:11 pm

    Looks like this clown won the coveted DARWIN AWARD!
    You just can’t cure stupid. But–every so often it screws up!–and removes itself from the gene pool.
    John Bibb

  • Mike December 22, 2017, 1:00 pm

    I will guarantee you the stuff I briefly read about this so called movement reeks of a corrupt organization trying to docitor itself up into something it’s not. It is however very much a wolve in sheeps clothing. One of the wolf pack is dead now

  • Mike December 22, 2017, 12:54 pm

    What is wrong with people. Why do they have to be this way. Now granny has to live the rest of her life not only knowing that she took another life but now she will have to live in fear for the rest of her life from this guys terrorist group he belonged to. Never heard of them. Has anybody else

  • MARK Schmidt December 22, 2017, 11:41 am

    I was always told by my father that if you pull a weapon it’s a situation where your pulling the trigger never to just threaten someone..

  • Dr. Steve December 22, 2017, 11:04 am

    I always wonder what these assholes think at that last millisecond when they’re daring you to shoot them, and they see the fire coming out the end of the gun barrel. LOL

    • codenamedave December 22, 2017, 1:33 pm

      You know the old joke about the last thing to go through his mind, right? ; )
      I hope the victims have prepared for the possibility of the “general’s” supporters coming after them. Easy to ridicule such types, but crazies will be crazies.

    • Jonny5 December 25, 2017, 6:21 am

      I’m led to believe it all happens quite quickly so I’m not sure if it would have registered. Maybe if he filmed it in slo-mo he could watch it back?

    • Huapakechi May 15, 2020, 9:48 am

      His last thought might have been “Oops, wrong thing to do”.

  • Stan December 22, 2017, 9:40 am

    Wonder what caliber/load she used? One shot- done; quite effective.

    • ejharb December 22, 2017, 3:35 pm

      32 ball in the brain has shut off people since John made it

  • Stan December 22, 2017, 9:34 am

    Scratch one violent sub-human. Now, if only we could purge the entire world of like-kind.

  • Julie December 22, 2017, 8:31 am

    GO GRANNY!!!!

  • JoeThePimpernel December 22, 2017, 8:18 am

    The last thing you want to do is shoot someone because there are life-changing repercussions even if totally justified.
    Fortunately, in 98% of defensive gun uses (DGUs), a shot is not fired.
    Which means that a mouse gun is as good as a cannon 98% of the time.
    Fact: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day. Most often, the gun is never fired and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed.
    Source:, page 21.
    A victim may have a strong reluctance to talk to a government agent about a firearm brandishing incident (which are 98% of DGUs) because they may not know the act was 100% legal.
    Source:, page 83.
    In other words, the 98% number might actually be low.

    • Stan December 22, 2017, 9:37 am

      You should never brandish a firearm to “scare-off” a criminal. All you’re doing is allowing him to victimize someone else without warning.

      • jim December 22, 2017, 11:09 am

        It also gives the criminal time to produce their own weapon and attack or go away, arm themselves, if they previously were not, and return to escalate the conflict.
        Drawing should be a final measure and a last resort.

  • bruce December 22, 2017, 6:26 am

    another asshole gone . Thank God she is all right Burn in hell general

  • Dr Motown December 22, 2017, 5:25 am

    This grandma won’t get run over by a reindeer! The “general” is now commanding ghost troops

  • ron December 22, 2017, 5:15 am

    She just did what he asked.

    “deshaun”…I wonder what he looks like….

    • Sean December 22, 2017, 8:24 am
      • MP December 22, 2017, 11:58 am

        Here are the racists! Y’all always peek your ugly little heads out any time a black person is shot.

        • gary sheldon December 22, 2017, 12:19 pm

          It may be that Grandma Shoe was an American who happened to be clothed in black skin as are many true Americans.

        • Larry December 22, 2017, 12:32 pm

          The ” General” was the racist in this situation, bro.

        • TheTruth December 22, 2017, 1:51 pm

          If the shoe fits……….Take a minute when not name-calling and look at D.O.J. statistics.
          Having done so, apologize to people here in a reply.

      • ejharb December 22, 2017, 3:43 pm

        I’m a honkie and I already despise this dirtball more than about 80% of the black folks I’ve encountered In my half century. Guess I’m a 20% racist 😀

        • kk December 22, 2017, 11:46 pm

          AHHH… how cute,,, you’re reaching so hard for that “atta boy” pat on the back…..

    • gandolf December 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

      My first thought exactly. Isn’t it a shame us whites have to think that way?

  • Dr Motown December 22, 2017, 4:58 am

    He wasn’t much of a “general”…looks like he’ll be commanding ghost troops now. It’s not clear if grandma was inside or outside her store when she shot the miscreant. That could be a dicey problem in some jurisdictions. Fortunately, she won’t be charged for her common-sense self defense.

    • Darryl December 22, 2017, 9:47 am

      Police say Tatum grabbed Gray while he was at the front door and began hitting him in the head. When he began moving towards Shoe and her grandchildren, she pointed her gun at his head.

      from this he may have been inside her store. from the rest of story i don’t think she was going outside to this guy.

  • Dr Motown December 22, 2017, 4:51 am

    Not much of a “general”…

    • Eddie-Eddie December 22, 2017, 9:12 pm

      general nuisance

      • Jonny5 December 25, 2017, 6:24 am

        Generally not breathing any longer…

  • Whatever December 22, 2017, 4:09 am

    I figured it was racial if it were the other way around…he would have been killed 4 defending himself

    • Larry December 22, 2017, 12:34 pm

      You are quite the racist.

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