“According to police reports, the incident happened at the Tiger Mart, 901 East Meighan Blvd. [in Gadsden, Alabama] about 9:27 p.m. A 47-year-old man working at the store told police that a man ran into the store holding a gun. The gunman was described as a black man wearing a black shirt, black pants, gray gloves, a black ‘do rag’ and a red bandana covering his face, and red, white and black shoes. He was carrying a Titan Tiger .38 special handgun.” I believe the correct nomenclature is “doo-rag.” And as we’re a gun site, please note that Germany’s Weihrauch & Weihrauch makes the Titan Tiger revolver which appeared in the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead. But back to the story . . .
The employee told police that he backed away from the man and his own handgun fell out of the back of his pants. The gunman attempted to pick up the gun. The employee then grabbed the robber’s gun and put his foot on top of his dropped gun. The two men then began struggling, as the employee attempted to push the gunman out the door.
A Tiger Mart employee grabbed a Titan Tiger. What are the odds?
At this point, a 29-year-old man who was outside sweeping up the parking lot entered the altercation and began hitting the gunman with his broom. The robber then fled in the direction of Wahl Street. The employee told police he took the would-be robber’s gun and fired three rounds at him as he ran away.
OK, now you know why we’re here. You do NOT fire a gun at a fleeing felon.
If your bullet or bullets hit the bad guy as he scarpers, you got some serious ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy. Maybe not in criminal court (depending on the jurisdiction), but the large number of ambulance chasers inhabiting our legal system virtually guarantees a civil suit. Which are really expensive and endlessly annoying.
If you miss, you could be charged with reckless endangerment and lose your gun rights. If you hit an innocent passerby, oh man are you in trouble. All of which gets worse if someone dies. Despite the fact that you could have died in the moments before you let loose the ballistic dogs of war.
It’s easy to say don’t shoot at the bad guy or guys (or gal or gals) when they’re leaving the scene of the crime. It’s another thing to resist the natural – yes natural – urge to mete out vengeance. The trick: when foes flee, check for other potential perps lurking about. In other words, break visual contact with the primary target.
Tunnel vision is not your friend; it inhibits analytical thinking. The sooner you break visual contact with your former foe or foes, the sooner you can start thinking again. Even if you look elsewhere for just for a second, you’re kick starting your rational mind.
So make sure you practice your post-shooting scans. And don’t just shoot ‘n scan. Shoot, scan, shoot again, scan again. As the Brits say, it’s the bus you don’t see that kills you. As I say, only dogs chase busses they can’t catch. And if they do, what then?