SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -
The 56-year-old grandmother and great grandmother from Clinton Township has a permit to carry a gun, and when she was attacked on a city bus, she used it.
It's a bus route Kamate is quite familiar with, she's also grown accustomed to seeing some of the same people who take the bus with her.
But, when Kamate boarded a city bus at Northland Mall in Southfield, she says a young friendly face turned on her.
"He was saying 'you smell good, looks like you have money' and I said no I don't," Kamate said.
It went downhill from there. "He grabbed my book bag and I grabbed it back and we started tussling, I bit him on his left hand. When he struck me in my head we started fighting," she said.
Kamate says no one tried to intervene. "It's sad you have all those men on the bus, and no one helped me," she said.
The suspect took Kamate's purse and ran off the bus at the Lodge and Dexter stop.
That's when Kamate, who was armed with a gun and has a permit to carry, went after him.
"Somebody said he had a gun, and when he turned and faced me he went down, and when he went down I just pulled my 9 out and started shooting him," she said.
Kamate fired multiple shots at the man, but he got away.
Kamate says it was unclear if the man was hit by any bullets.
"It was 11 shots, I hope I did, one of them had to get them," she said. "At first, I felt remorse because I have grandchildren. If my grandchildren are out here doing what these punks are doing, they need to get the same thing."
Kamate's purse was eventually found, and her wallet filled with cash was gone.
Kamate was questioned by police and released. She says after this experience she is done with the bus and plans to get a car.
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