I can’t imagine why we haven’t heard about this on the news. The shooter’s rifle malfunctioned, as he was clearing the jam, he sees the CCW holder draw on him. The CCW holder waits for the right shot (unarmed civies behind the shooter), and the shooter runs away and kills himself.
On Tuesday night 22-year-old Nick Meli went to the Clackamas Town Center mall with his friend Casey and Casey’s baby daughter. They were walking through the mall when a masked man, now known to be Jacob Tyler Roberts, opened fire.
Nick’s reaction? “I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, ‘are you serious?’”. Nick told Casey to get down with the baby and positioned himself behind a pillar in the mall. Oh yeah, Nick is a licensed concealed carrier in Oregon.
When Nick looked around the pillar he drew his concealed handgun. When the shooting suddenly stopped, what we now know was Roberts weapon jamming Nick saw him trying to clear the malfunction, “He was working on his rifle, he kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side”, Nick told reporters.
Roberts and Nick clearly saw each other and as Nick lined up the shot, he knew there was a problem, “As I was going down to pull I saw someone in the back of the (shooter) move and I knew if I fired and missed I could hit them”.
Unable to safely take the shot without risking innocents (Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Firearms Rule #4 for those counting), Nick took cover inside a store. He stands by his choice not to pull the trigger, saying “I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him, I know after he saw me I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself”.
That’s right… even though Nick never fired a shot, Roberts knew that he was no longer the only armed man in the mall. Roberts retreated into the stairwell, cleared his weapons malfunction and committed suicide rather than continue attacking and killing any more innocent civilians.