They were just finishing their gyro dinners in the front booth at Nazareth Mediterranean Cuisine at about 6 p.m. when Mohamed Barry, 30, walked into the restaurant, raised a machete and began hacking at Mr. Russell. When his wife stood up and screamed at the attacker, Barry turned the machete on her. The couple managed to flee the restaurant — Mr. Russell out the back and Mrs. Russell out the front — and can’t fully explain how they escaped with their lives.Neither realized that they were being attacked with a machete. Both thought they were being struck with a club or baton. Even while assessing their injuries after taking refuge in a carpet store next to the restaurant — “my fingers were dangling,” Mrs. Russell recalled — they were surprised to hear that a machete had been used.The first blow struck Mr. Russell on the top of his head with so much force that he was staggered and doesn’t remember much other than pushing the attacker away and heading for the back door.“The blade must have been sideways,” Mr. Russell said. “There’s nothing on my head but a bruise. I probably should not be alive.”
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, serving Southern California from its Laguna Hills (Orange County) headquarters and a satellite office in Coronado (San Diego County).
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