My family is priority number 1. If my family is sitting with me at the table next, the guy who is angry with a shotgun is a threat to them. I am entirely outgunned, but he has just threatened my family and me, and that is inexcusable. So...
1. Make sure my family is safe.
- a. Getting away and to cover
- b. if (a) is not possible, stopping the threat immediately
2. If (a) occurs, I am not one to watch someone die, and in WA I can use deadly force against someone committing a felony. It's a "be there" judgement call, and hindsight is 20/20, but I have all ready decided that I would help those in a restaurant and I would risk my life to save their lives. Risk a lot to save a lot, risk a little to save a little. Because I have cover, I will draw and aim COM, and I will shoot when I feel it is right. Only at that time will I know when that time is. It could be immediately, it could be a few seconds later, the BG could leave and I would not have to shoot at all. I would not give him any warning, or yell at him commands, if I were to shoot, all he would hear is a rapid burst of shots, and then hopefully if I have done my job right, he would be on the floor. At which point I would look for other threats, make sure my family is okay and at a safe area, , then I would secure the shotgun (and possibly a quick frisk to make sure the down bg had no other weapons, if I had time, if I had a set of latex gloves to keep his blood of me, and if I felt it necessary at the time), then help other customers get to safety, and start triage and patient care on anyone that needed it. Whether or not I helped the BG, that is situational dependant, but most likely I would not touch him. Too much risk, for so little to be saved.
“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson