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COLUMBUS, Ohio– High school sweethearts Gerald and Debbie Russell are thankful to be alive after a man with a machete attacked customers at a Columbus restaurant last week.

Police said 30-year-old Mohamed Barry walked into the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli on Thursday and injured four people with a machete. Officers shot and killed him following a police chase.

The Russells said they had just finished their dinner when the suspect came up to their booth.

“He walked directly at me, raised the machete up and tried to hit me from above, directly on top of my head,” Gerald told WSYZ in Columbus.

“I started screaming and cursing, which brought the attention away from Gerry a little bit, which got him a chance to push the guy out of the way,” said his wife of 25 years.



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