It’s a situation nobody wants to find themselves or their loved one facing, an armed terrorist firing a weapon and headed your way. As this video from the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul shows, there weren’t a lot of options for those in the shooter’s path, but there were some.
People instinctively get down, attempting to find what protection they can and to take cover, hoping not to draw the attention of the shooter. One person wearing what looks like a red sweater chose to stand in the entryway as the shooter made his advance. That person appears to have taken a direct shot in the back as the terrorist passed by only a few feet away.
Hoping for a terrorist miss from pointblank range is not a viable or effective defense plan. It’s not known whether or not this individual survived but the odds are against it and he or she certainly did nothing to improve their own chances. Whether frozen by fear and disbelief or failing to respond for other reasons, is really immaterial. The shooter couldn’t care less why he’s got a stationary target rather than a moving one, and a bullet is clearly fired as he makes his entry.
Shelter in place as a final option means to actually take shelter, not to stand in the open as you pray for a misfire or a benevolent moment on the part of the terrorist. In order to survive one has to do what can be done to improve the situation, not resign oneself to taking the hit. That may happen, but this person gave up way too early. Maybe some of those who went inside fared better, they could have exited out the back door, through a window or dove, as many did, into the Bosphoros Strait.
At least they gave themselves a chance at survival. The individual in the red clearly appears to have likely taken a direct hit in the lower or upper back or kidneys. That’s a lot of blood lost in a short period of time. The odds are strong that he or she bled out and was one of the 39 included in this terrorist body count. He or she appears to have had enough time to move to another location, perhaps out of the path of the shooter or from which to make an escape. Failing to act, freezing in place and hoping for the best, was very likely a fatal error.
The reality is that we all need to decide ahead of time and prepare for action just in case we’re ever put into this type of situation. Run drills, talk to defense experts, get some basic self-defense skills at a minimum, formulate a plan, get a CCW and use it. These events are becoming far too commonplace to dismiss them as impossibilities. They do happen and it’s critical to have a plan of action ahead of time, not to stand and wait as some punk Islamic terrorist becomes your executioner and draws a bead on you.
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