Laurencio Gamboa, Jr. was unarmed and outnumbered when he was shot by one of two armed men in Redondo Beach, CA.
According to Redondo Beach PD, Gamboa, 33, was burgling a garage around 3 A.M., trying to make off with a motorcycle when he was confronted by the bike’s owner and one of his associates, both were armed, one with a pistol and one with a rifle.
On being challenged, Gamboa dropped the bike and started to run. Then, for some reason, he turned around and attempted to confront the homeowner. He was promptly shot, chased down, and held at gunpoint until the police arrived.
Gamba was treated, released, and is being held in Torrance in lieu of $50k bond.
Neither the homeowner nor his friend were injured.
What can really be said about this? The homeowner took a HUGE risk by going out to confront whomever was in his detached garage.
Not only was it a risk in the sense that he was leaving a secured location to go investigate a potential property crime, but as he lives in California, in a suburb of LA, he’s at a huge risk of losing his liberty for the California crime of self-defense.
Let’s talk about that.
In many cases, leaving the security of your home to go confront a property crime, especially in a state like California, tends to be played as vigilantism by a DA looking to score “Tough-on-crime” points.
On the other hand, as an example of armed self-defense, the homeowner did a good job. He was armed, he had backup, and he was going to let Gamboa go until Gamboa turned around and came at him.
Regarding the leg shot, it’s not ideal. But, given the fact that he was probably suffering from an extreme adrenaline dump, he was most likely not aiming for the leg.
Almost every defensives firearms class says the same thing: Aim Center Mass. If this man was aiming center mass, as he should have been, then his leg shot was most likely a flinch or anticipation response, resulting in his muzzle dipping low right before the shot was fired.
This is a common physiological response in people who don’t train often. Through training, you can reduce or eliminate your muzzle dip.
Proper training should entail a repeatable firing sequence from the moment you decide to fire. You should have the same grip, the same sight alignment/picture, and the same trigger squeeze. All of these things should be drilled to the point that, aside from the decision to fire, all of them are automatic.
The less you have to consciously focus on your aim, on your grip, the more brainpower you have available to process the data coming in to you from your environment and your assailant. This means that you can focus on the task at hand and make a good shoot/no shoot decision.