As the first woman to solo anchor a primetime network news show, former CNN anchor Lynne Russell has seen, heard and reported on her share of unbelievable stories.
But earlier this week the 68-year-old lived one — when she survived a shootout at an Albuquerque motel thanks to the quick actions of her husband, a former soldier.
Happy Valentines Day from Lynne & Chuck, just 2 #CNN guys. After 29 yrs we finally got the story right|! pic.twitter.com/7krHHNMc— Lynne Russell CNNHLN (@LynneRussellCNN) February 15, 2012
Happy Valentines Day from Lynne & Chuck, just 2 #CNN guys. After 29 yrs we finally got the story right|! pic.twitter.com/7krHHNMc
“I opened the door and [the intruder] materialized out of nowhere; he was inside,” she tells the New York Post of the altercation that took place on Tuesday night. “And he pushed me into the room and onto the bed and closed the door.”
At the time, her husband, Chuck de Caro, 65, was in the shower — but came out, completely naked, trying to calm the gunman who was demanding the couple forfeit any cash or valuables they may have had.
@superhairnet Been in Italy getting married! Selfie on plane back from Venice with new husband Chuck de Caro pic.twitter.com/4HnchSWsnb— Lynne Russell CNNHLN (@LynneRussellCNN) October 1, 2014
@superhairnet Been in Italy getting married! Selfie on plane back from Venice with new husband Chuck de Caro pic.twitter.com/4HnchSWsnb
Chuck, a former Special Forces officer who currently works as a national security specialist, tried to talk the intruder down, but was unsuccessful. Instead, he made his way to the nightstand, where their .35-caliber handguns were stored.
When the gunman reached for something, he began shooting at Chuck, who promptly fired back as Lynne ducked behind a piece of furniture.
Lynne says, “It was a gun battle, and Chuck was bleeding heavily, but didn’t stop firing because the man was firing on him, and he was looking for me.”
#LynneRussellCNN and handsome hubby #ChuckDeCaro at our #CNN35 anniversary party in Atlanta. Before martinis :) ! pic.twitter.com/61n1jCB3Ym— Lynne Russell CNNHLN (@LynneRussellCNN) June 12, 2015
#LynneRussellCNN and handsome hubby #ChuckDeCaro at our #CNN35 anniversary party in Atlanta. Before martinis :) ! pic.twitter.com/61n1jCB3Ym
Chuck was shot three times — twice in the abdomen, once in the leg — before he managed to kill the intruder. He adds, “I was determined to save my dream girl’s life — even if it cost my own.”
And there’s no doubt she’s grateful for her husband’s quick thinking and unconditional love.
“My husband is a hero because he really saved our lives,” she gushes.