Because that's one of the worse ways.He tried to stop the bad guy with a threat, but was unsuccessful.
As he would, if he had emptied his magazine-- with the difference that it would have worked.Had that worked, he might have been able to disarm the bad guy and keep him under watch while someone else tended to the store owner and/or called 911.
However if the warning had worked, then the BG's accomplice could still have shot the GO, thus precluding the above as well.
You say that the BG didn't have an accomplice? That's 20/20 hindsight.
Because you didn't train with a particular reaction.I don't think there's an easy answer in a situation like this, but I will lean toward the thoughts of: "He just killed someone! I could be next, or anyone else here could be next. I'm not going to wait, this guy is history..." Even so, I don't know if that would be my instant reaction.
Well here's the best one: if you have a clear shot, TAKE IT.
But if you carry, then you SHOULD train yourself to shoot someone on the spot. You don't have to execute, just shoot staight and deadly-- the bullets will do the reast.I'd say that telling someone shouldn't carry if they aren't willing to execute someone on the spot is overly harsh.
If you believe in pressing your luck-- and as Murphy's law says, "if anything can go wrong, it will."This guy saved lives. The only fatality, indeed, the only casualty other than the bad guy was cause by the bad guy before any reaction could take place. I'd say that's about as good as it gets.
That's why Murphy's Laws of Combat say "when in doubt, empty your magazine."
The moral is, THIS AIN'T A WESTERN-- IT'S REALITY. Empty your magazine, and shoot to kill.