On Sunday, August 21, at a little after 8 p.m., at a Texaco gas station in Atlanta, a gunfight erupted. Most of it was caught on video. It makes for some extremely dramatic footage, that highlights some important self-defense lessons.
The video was posted online on 22 August. Two days later, a couple who claimed to have been involved in the gunfight posted a follow-up video. [NSFW] If you compare the images from the video with the follow-up, the hairstyles are the same. The man has a distinctive, two tone hair style. The couple also appears to have an AK pistol clone. From 11alive.com:
In the [original] video, a black Dodge Charger is seen parked near the front door of the gas station. As car’s owner walks out from inside the store, he is approached by an unknown suspect. The two exchange words as the suspect follows the car owner around the back of the car.
The exchange escalates until the suspect flashes a gun from his waistband. At that point, the car’s owner walks over to his front door and pulls out an AK pistol.
The car’s owner aims the gun at the man and appears to threaten the suspect, who had fallen to the ground. As the suspect gets up, he runs around the front of the car and opens fire on the other man.
At least four bullets strike the car’s windshield, and at least one hit the woman, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the car.
In a third equally NSFW video (above), the Charger driver regrets being as slow to use deadly force as he was. He realizes that this resulted in his girl being wounded, and that he could easily have died. He claims that the man he shot at is dead. I have not been able to confirm that claim. The shooter seems to believe it.
This incident highlights the fact that a person who threatened you with a gun cannot be assumed to be retreating. Just because they are moving away does not mean they have stopped being a deadly threat. They may be attempting to gain time or a better tactical position. It took a fraction of a second to shoot at the Charger driver, and wound the woman. Either one could have been killed.
If a jury is sees this video, they can understand the problems a defensive shooter faces. Now that you have seen it, you can testify that you know how quickly someone who appears to be retreating can use deadly force. Such knowledge might be enough to introduce the video into a trial, as evidence of your mindset.
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