On Friday night, 25 November, 2016, the well known and successful yoga instructor Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa, was assaulted by two robbers in her bedroom. Her home and school are 20 miles north of Santiago, Chile. The robbers were half of a gang of four that invaded her home and school. She, her partner, and two students were in the house when the night time invasion occurred. Khalsa was born in Texas. From dallasnews.com:
Officials said a pair of the robbers found the yoga instructor in her bedroom. Despite them hitting her in the head with a gun and trying to tie her up, she was able to get free and grab a revolver hidden beneath her pillow.
Khalsa shot the two men, killing one instantly. The other, badly wounded, died in the yard after running outside. Neither man has been identified.
The two other robbers ran off.
The Dallas News reports misses some interesting details. The Yoga instructor owned two Taurus .38 Special revolvers, one of which she kept under her pillow. It is likely the revolver used was a six or seven shot model. Both are popular and common. The robber killed in her bedroom was shot five times. The robber found outside the home was shot at least once. She probably emptied her Taurus. This is a google translation:
Soto added that one of the two antisocials received five shots in his body, falling dejected in the same place, whereas the second subject, was badly wounded and ended up prostrate and passing away in the patio of the property. Meanwhile, his two other accomplices who were in the kitchen and were preparing to steal, hearing the shots fled quickly without achieving their purpose. Until this morning, the two deceased delinquents were still not identified and according to the persecutor, in the case the grounds exist to estimate that the teacher acted in self-defense. “
The .38 Special was sufficiently powerful. In spite of the somewhat mangled translation, it appears that Hari Nam Kaur Khalsa will not be charged.
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The lack of bars on the windows and door show this area, about 20 miles north of Santiago, has been fairly crime free. A wall surrounds the property.
A wall is common practice for most well to do estates throughout the world. It would be common in the United States, but is banned by most zoning codes. The estate appears to be several, acres. The picture is taken from a video of the school made in 2009. The gate to the property is directly behind the camera.
A revolver under the pillow is a technique with a long tradition. A few stories have been written of people accidentally shooting themselves because of the practice. Some have claimed a befuddled person picked up the firearm instead of a telephone, then shot themselves in the head while fumbling with the gun. I am sceptical of such accounts. How do you differentiate such a situation from a normal suicide, which happen thousands of time a year?
To prevent accidental discharges, the firearm can be kept holstered. This requires a little more thinking, and slows access very little.
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