Lyle D. Baade helped to rescue 40 people from assault, Peoria, Arizona, April 19, 2000. A 66-year-old man armed with three loaded pistols and a loaded assault rifle entered the recreation center of a retirement community during a homeowners’ association meeting. From one end of the foyer, he opened fire into the center’s meeting room with one of the pistols, striking four of the 43 people gathered there. Baade, 66, retired construction worker, and his wife had attempted to leave the meeting moments earlier when they encountered the man in the foyer, and the man had shoved Baade back toward the meeting room. After firing, the assailant put down the pistol and picked up the assault rifle. Although he was a heart-transplant recipient, Baade ran from his position across the foyer and tackled the gunman, who greatly outweighed him. The assailant released the rifle, but as it was within his grasp, he and Baade struggled for control of it. The assailant fired one shot from the rifle, striking a man in the foot. Other men from the meeting ran to the assailant and helped Baade subdue him. Police arrived shortly and arrested him. Two of the women at the meeting were fatally wounded, and three men sustained gunshot injury. Baade required hospital treatment for scratches, contusions, and a rapid heartbeat. He recovered.
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