Most people who stroll into a Chinese restaurant want potstickers, some General Tso’s chicken or maybe an order of moo shu pork. But the dood who walked into the China Kitchen restaurant in Columbia South Carolina around closing time recently had cabbage on his mind.
The first clue there was a problem: he was dressed in black, wore a mask, and was holding a gun. When he demanded cash . . .
One employee tried to grab the gun away from the man.
A struggle ensued and another employee shot the burglar, according to police. That other employee was carrying his own gun, police said.
Let’s see if we have this right. This was a masked, armed robber holding a gun on some restaurant workers. They then fought back and one of them who had a concealed handgun shot the criminal in self-defense.
That’s a real black swan event. We know that because we’ve been reliably told by the smartest people that situations like such as this virtually never happen. Huh.
Anyway . . .
When police arrived on the scene at the Forest Drive restaurant at about 11 p.m. Thursday, they found a man on the ground who had been shot in the upper body, according to the statement. …
The suspected robber was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the statement.
According to the report from thestate.com, the employee with the gun who shot the masked man won’t be charged. That’s because (s)he had reasonable fear of death or grievous bodily harm and was defending himself and his co-worker. That’s pretty much the textbook definition of justifiable self-defense.
All’s well that ends well.