Reporter: Rachel Schaerr l Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Lynchburg, VA - A Lynchburg man says he fought back with gunfire after three men attacked him for his generator.
It happened Sunday around midnight on the 4300 block of Fort Avenue.
Police really want to stress that this appears to be an isolated attack, and if you are confronted by thieves, don't take matters into your own hands, leave it up to police.
Bob Ligon suffers from congestive heart failure, so staying cool can be a matter of life and death. So when his generator shut off, he went to his front porch to restart it. He says while he was hunched over, three men surrounded him.
"The beating should have killed me," Ligon said after being released from the hospital.
He says one man threw him against his truck, another kicked him in the ribs, and a third stabbed him with a pair of box cutters.
"I was holding their hand back or they would have just cut me in two," he explained.
Ligon got away by kicking one of them in the groin. But when they came back towards him, he says he grabbed a gun from his back pocket.
"They were standing at the edge of that asphalt, and I went 'bam, bam, bam,'" he said, pointing his fingers like a handgun.
Though Ligon thinks he hit them, Lynchburg police are still looking for the three suspects. There's not a clear description. Lt. Nick Lajay says it's still an ongoing investigation.
"At this point we haven't located anybody with any injuries other than the victim," Lajay said.
Although the police chief says they're investigating a few other thefts that could be related to the storm, they are by far the exception.
He doesn't think a curfew is needed at this point.
"I have been very impressed so far, quite frankly, of the level of altruism and neighborliness that's been displayed and I expect that to continue," said Chief Parks Snead.
Police say let this attack be a reminder to stay vigilant.
If the crooks come back, Bob Ligon will be ready.
"I was ready for them last night and I'm ready for them tonight. It's as simple as that," Ligon said.
Ligon turned 57 on Monday and says he's glad to see another birthday.
LPD says there are little steps you can take to keep your property safe -- lock your doors, chain outside valuables to the ground and leave a porch light on if you're lucky enough to have power.