Well guys I wouldn’t rush to judgment here. I don’t have a position on this yet, as I, nor anyone else for that matter, has all the facts. The initial local accounts have been decidedly pro-“victim” and they even had the nerve to try to spin some “hero” angle claiming that he was putting himself between the shooter and his friends who wisely retreated. Yeah, bullshit. I know. I haven’t read the statute, but I have been lead to believe that in PA he may have had a duty to attempt retreat (if possible) before using deadly force on an unarmed threat.
I may ask one of our armed guys tonite how the statute reads. There is no evidence to date that he did so. If someone has something factual, please post the link. This incident occurred in “olde city”, an area of a few square blocks populated by dozens of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. I lived in the area long ago. It is the scene of rowdy behavior and past shootings. The area is fairly well patrolled by the PD. I’m not sure what establishment this kid could have been with a gun and not be subject to search. Probably a smaller bar/tavern or restaurant, but certainly not a club.
Frankly, knowing the locale, I have a problem believing he could not retreat for help. Moreover, I think this is yet another instance where someone with a gun was emboldened and instead of retreating, he didn’t and know his life hangs in the balance to be decided by the DA and a jury. He is well represented though.[/quote]
As opposed to the media, the DA, and folks from NJ, (FI26 excepted) I presented the situation in a favorable light to the person who was the victim not the aggressor. My perspective does have the benefit of being far closer to the facts than the media and presented through an objective eye of a CCW holder of 20 years and NRA instructor in several disciplines.
I am an “armed guy” and well trained on my own dime in when and how to use my concealed carry weapon. A lot of info was presented on this shoot at the time, including the video. The shooting was clearly justified based on the public information. I stand by my opinion that in Bucks, Montgomery and Chester counties this guys isn’t charged or even arrested. In Philadelphia or the peoples Republic of NJ he is lynched for using a gun to defend himself.
Emoboldened with a gun…hardly. He had a group of 6 drunk individuals pursuing him. “running away” is a euphemism for retreating from the fight. the fact he shot only the lead aggressor leads me to believe he was in control and acting rationally. Many people would have been spraying and praying at that point. Perhaps the group felt emboldened by their numbers and felt the asian guy was simply an easy mark to prey upon for some fun. People have a right to walk the streets and the right to defend themselves when attacked…subtle nuances aside. Gangsters and thugs spray and pray 6 rounds into the crowd, probably holding the “gat” sideways. 6 controlled rounds, center of mass hits, is prudent use of a firearm in self defense.