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Man Uses Screwdriver To Fight Off Robbers Who Attacked, Shot Friend

Henry McCall used ceramic tiles, a screwdriver, and a 2-by-4 to fight off armed robbers who had shot a friend of his in Avalon Park. (Credit: CBS)

Henry McCall used ceramic tiles, a screwdriver, and a 2-by-4 to fight off armed robbers who had shot a friend of his in Avalon Park. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A would-be armed robber got more than he was expecting on Saturday. He was stabbed with a screwdriver, when an Avalon Park resident came to the defense of his friend.

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has the story of a man who said he had no other choice than to protect his home.

Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Henry McCall’s friends were leaving his home, near 79th Street and Greenwood Avenue, to go watch the Mayweather-Alvarez fight.

But soon, McCall himself was in the fight of his life.

“They left out, I heard a commotion in the gangway, I looked down, they had they knee in my buddy’s back, and a gun to his head,” he said.

In the gangway, two gunmen had jumped his friend, so McCall responded with an aerial attack; bombing them with ceramic floor tiles.

“They started out 12-by-12,” and ended up in bits and pieces, McCall said. “They got his attention though, and they done what they had to do.”

The robbers ran into the house, and opened fire as McCall hid in the closet, until one robber said they were out bullets. Then, McCall jumped out with a screwdriver.

He said he stabbed the attacker “maybe 18, 19 times.”

“I threw him down the stairs, then I picked up a 2-by-4, and beat him out the house, and that’s where police found him, laying there unconscious,” McCall said.

His 33-year-old friend was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, with two gunshot wounds.

The 31-year-old robbery suspect also was taken to Stroger, in critical condition. The second robber got away.

It might be no surprise that McCall knows self-defense. His older brother, Oliver McCall, was heavyweight champ back in the 90s.

What started out as a night with friends watching a boxing match on TV turned into a fight right with a robber right in his own home.

“Me and Mayweather won,” McCall said.

His friend, who was shot twice, was expected to make a full recovery.