Kevin Brown, 16, is dead. Killed by his own…bravado? Overconfidence? Improper prior planning?
According to Ft. Worth police, young Master Brown and an associate kicked in a door in the 8100 block of Miami Springs Rd. around 8:30 this morning.
While Brown & Co. may have been trying to use speed, surprise, and violence of action to overwhelm their target for what was probably planned as a quick smash’n’grab, they neglected an essential element of a well-planned assault: Intelligence.
They ran into solid opposition in the form of the family that was at home at the time they kicked in the door.
Brown and his friend did not make it very far into the home when they were opposed by a family member, speculated to be the 15-year-old son of the homeowner, who was equipped with a firearm.
Our Good Guy With A Gun (Good Kid With A Gun?) fired once, striking Brown in the chest and causing him and his associate to flee the residence.
Brown’s body was found a few houses down with a gunshot wound to the chest. His associate got away in a black Mazda.
Let’s discuss the fact of Mr. Brown’s flight.
Mr. Brown was shot once, square in the chest, by an unknown-caliber firearm. Yet he still had the ability to run several houses away before collapsing and succumbing to his stupidity-induced wound.
This is an important thing for you to remember if you find yourself in a shooting situation: THIS IS NOT HOLLYWOOD. One shot does not always equate to one kill, no matter what the snipers say.
As civilians, going about your lawful business of the day, when you encounter a lethal threat that you cannot or should not run from, most experts agree that you should shoot until the threat stops or runs away.
What the shooter did in this case was correct. They shot once and the assailants fled. But what would they have done if the assailant had kept coming? Attackers have been documented to have been shot in the heart and continuing to fight for at least 30 seconds, not realizing that they’ve even been shot.
If you’ve ever been in ANY kind of fight, you already know that 30 seconds is a freaking eternity when trying to do harm to someone or prevent them from harming you.
What does this mean to you? It means that you may need to keep shooting and not be shocked when your attacker continues to attack. You need to keep shooting and moving until the attack stops, you’re able to disengage, or you’re out of ammunition and using your gun like a club or rock.