Veteran saves children from attack in central Illinois

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PEORIA, Ill. — A 75-year-old veteran is getting credit for saving the lives of more than a dozen children in central Illinois.

James Vernon was giving 16 children a chess lesson at a public library in the Peoria area Tuesday.

That’s when a man armed with two hunting knives stormed in screaming that he wanted to kill people. Vernon says he used his Army knife-training and confronted the man.

He was injured in the scuffle. The children managed to get out of the room and run to safety.

The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Dustin Brown and is charged with attempted murder.