Lorenzo Louden, Entrepreneur & Motivator
A Soldier's Redemption: The Life of Gangster, Shorty G
"I went into the bathroom where there was an itty-bitty frosted window, stood on top of the toilet, and pushed the window up so I could see outside. Up under the streetlight were three people. I saw my mother, Pete, and one of the wives-in-law named Sue. She was a tall, light-skinned lady.
Pete smacked my mother and she fell down. Sue stepped in and was holding my mother down while Pete beat her with a rubber hose. I was screaming out the window but no one paid me any attention. I yelled, “Leave my mother alone!”
Sue looked up, and saw the bathroom light on. She yelled, “Get your butt in there and shut the window!”
I yelled, “You leave my mom alone!”
Mom hollered up to me, saying, “It’s okay, honey, just shut the window.”
It was the first time I’d seen anything like this going down.
Mom kept a pistol in the apartment. She didn’t know I knew she had it. But, I was a curious kid and I’d seen her stuff the pistol up under the mattress. I went into her room and grabbed the gun. This time I was smart enough to check and make sure the gun was loaded. I didn’t want a replay of what had happened with Uncle Rich.
Like I said, Uncle Red had taught me how break down a gun, clean it, and put it back together. He also showed me how to pull back the hammer and spin the cylinder so I could see if the gun was loaded.
I went back into the bathroom and got up on the toilet. They were still beating on my mom. I could see she was bleeding across the forehead. I hollered, “You let my mom go or I’m gonna shoot y’all!”
I aimed the gun in their direction, and shot twice. Pete fell down and started cursing, calling me all kinds of names. Both Pete and Mom got up. Pete grabbed my mother and put her in front of him. I shot again but I didn’t hit anything. My goal wasn’t so much to hit anything or anyone, but to get Pete and Sue to stop beating my mom..."