A chess club for kids was meeting at a library in Morton, Illinois last Tuesday and there were 16 kids there between 7 and 13 years old. Suddenly a 19-year-old named Dustin Brown walked into the room where they were meeting with a knife in each hand, and threatened to start killing people. Luckily the guy who leads the chess club is a 75-year-old Army veteran named James Vernon and he's an ass-kicker. He never saw combat, but his training kicked in.
He instructed the kids to hide under the table while he started talking to the guy. Then he got between the teen and the door, gave the kids a signal to run out and the guy went after him instead. But James blocked the knives with his hand, overpowered the guy, threw him on the table and pinned one of his hands. Then he started punching him until he dropped the other knife and held him down until the cops got there.
It turns out the guy was out on bond after he'd been arrested for child pornography. And he told police, "I failed my mission to kill everyone."
All the kids are okay, and James ended up with a severed tendon and two severed arteries in his left hand, but he's back at home recovering.