Woman saves 2 in N.Y. holdup at cost of her life

December 08, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK -- As a gunman tried to kill five people yesterday morning during a robbery at a Brooklyn social club, Evelyn Davis tried desperately to stop him.

Davis, 32, had been chatting with friends at the Happiness Social Club in Bedford-Stuyvesant when a bloody holdup left her and two men dead and a fourth person in a hospital with bullet fragments in the head, police said.

A witness said that before the robber fatally stabbed Davis, she struggled, knocked the gun from his hand and saved the lives of the two men who were next in line to die. The killer escaped.

One of the men, whom police declined to identify, escaped injury and fled. The other, Eddie Brown, 48, was hit only by bullet fragments to the head because Davis hit the killer as he shot, investigators said.

The killer escaped from the club, and Davis ran out to get help but collapsed a few feet out of the door, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.

"I'm a very lucky man," Brown said from his bed at Kings County Hospital Center, according to his 16-year-old daughter, Tiffany. The young woman added: "It sort of does make her a hero. Thank God she was there to help my father."

Police Inspector Michael Collins said Davis showed great courage.

Davis, the mother of five sons, worked at a construction company, according to Detria Seabrook, 18, her cousin.

Pub Date: 12/08/96

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