I don’t really like posting these snuff videos. To be candid, watching two men kill each other for the sake of watching two men kill each other is not only a bit twisted, but practically speaking it’s a waste of time. If you’re going to watch these videos, you ought to do so with a “what-can-I-learn-from-this” mindset.
In this instance, I think there is a question of how should you respond when the person beats you to the draw?
To recap the video, the suspect enters the crowded Venezuelan store and confronts the victim. The two exchange words. The suspect then steps back and draws his gun. It appears that for a split second the victim has not yet fully retrieved his weapon or doesn’t have it directed at the suspect. The suspect is reluctant to shoot at first but then opens fire as the victim attempts to complete his draw and point his weapon.
I’m not a tactical or self-defense expert, but I think space is your enemy in this situation. I think if you’re going to make an aggressive move, the move ought to be to close the distance and attempt to disarm the suspect as opposed to drawing your own weapon when he’s already got the bead on you.
Yet, if you’re going to attempt to complete the draw, as the victim did, he did the correct thing by changing the angle of his body, that is, he hit the floor while returning fire. This slight maneuver, whether it was deliberate or inadvertent (probably the latter as it appears he was shot), gives the suspect a moving, shifting target. Under the immense stress of a gunfight, it’s much more difficult to hit a target that’s moving than a target that’s stationary and already in the line of fire.
Both men died in this gunfight. However, one can argue that the suspect could have gotten away had it not been for the victim’s ability to shoot and move under duress.
I should also state that it’s not clear as to whether these two knew one another or whether they were involved in some type of gang or drug-related conflict.
Looking at the video, what did you learn? What are your thoughts about the way in which the victim responded?