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Woman who shot attacker in Louisville parking garage says he would've killed her

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  A woman who says she shot her attacker inside a parking garage near Fourth Street Live! is sharing her side of the story.

In a statement to WDRB, the victim says she knew the attacker "would have taken [her] life if given the chance." Surveillance video shows that alleged attacker following her starting in the Fourth Street Live! Food Court.

The victim told police she was leaving work in downtown Louisville on Jan. 26 when she noticed a man following her. 

That man, identified by police as John Ganobick, followed her next into the parking garage elevator on South Fifth Street. Once the doors opened, court documents state the woman started running to her car, Ganobick chased her.

As she started to get in the woman says Ganobick banged her head on something, and then forced her down across the center console in her car "thrusting" a knife at her. He yelled to give him “all her money”. 

That's when the woman told police she grabbed a gun out of her purse. She tried to fire, but the gun didn't go off. After a struggle, she continued to pull the trigger which finally fired hitting the man in the neck. As he ran away the woman fired again hitting Ganobick for a second time.

Surveillance video from inside the parking garage show Ganobick after the incident making his way to the lobby of PNC plaza at 5th and Jefferson Streets. 

That’s where a man called 911. 

"I've got a gentleman here who's bleeding from the neck who says he's been shot,” the man caller told a 911 dispatcher.  

In a statement to WDRB the victim writes, “After leaving work on January 26, 2016, I was violently attacked in my car. I fought off my attacker and thankfully was able to defend myself. I suffered significant physical injuries and I know that my attacker would have taken my life if given the chance. My attacker faces felony charges of attempted murder and kidnapping related to this incident. Due to the ongoing prosecution, and because I am still attempting to heal both physically and emotionally from this ordeal, I will refrain from discussing the details of the attack. I never want another woman to be the victim of a violent crime such as this, so I intend to speak about the details when the time is right. At this point, I need time to heal and for the prosecution to conclude this case. I appreciate your patience.”

John Ganobick was treated at the hospital and released. A not-guilty plea was entered for him on charges of robbery, wanton endangerment and assault during his court appearance last month.

Ganobick is also facing attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping charges in connection to a different case. He remains in Metro Corrections.

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