This event took place at 10:30pm in a Denny’s, not exactly a crack house in the slums of the city. 3 gunman storm the restaurant demanding cash from the register and the customers, pointing guns at anyone and everyone. Eventually they get frustrated and start shooting and now one of those people has died (according to reports from the news).
Think about it: 3 men with guns, possibly spread out through the restaurant taking items by force. What do you do? It’s difficult to say without actually having been there, in a best case scenario spotting them before they came through the front door all bunched up and wielding pistols would provide the best chance for defensive action. Once in the restaurant and with civilians all around things get entirely more complicated. At that point there are endless “what if’s” and while you might be able to take out the guy with his back turned who is 5 feet away, the other two who are pointing their guns at kids and older people 25 feet away (with a counter in between you and them) might make your decision even more difficult.
Lesson’s learned? I think more than anything situational awareness plays a huge role. It’s 10:30 at night and you are grabbing something to eat with your family. Enjoy yourself and act normal, but sit where you have clear line of sight to the entrance and maybe even the windows leading to the entrance. Be able to eliminate or stop the threat before it presents itself. If the first gun toting bad guy would have gotten dropped while coming through the fatal funnel, the other two would have remembered they had somewhere else to be post haste.