For some reason, this aspect of this mall shooting didn’t get much play - if any - on national news:
Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter
by Mike Benner
The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar.
“He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. “He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.”
The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.
“As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them,” he said.
Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.
“I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli. “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”
Don’t overlook the two things that, thankfully, hindered the Clackamas Mall shooter: 1.) His rifle jammed; 2.) As he was clearing the jam, he saw that he was not the only armed person in the mall, a realization that led him to shoot himself rather than more innocents.