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Saturday Screeds: Reminders Writ in Blood (NSFW: Violence)


Saturday Screeds: Reminders Writ in Blood (NSFW: Violence)

“To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.” Voltaire

It looks to us as though the guard in the video below was specifically targeted rather than just being some poor bastard in the wrong place at the wrong time. His situational awareness is terrible regardless; if you’re working somewhere they deem it necessary to have an armed guard there might just be a need for an armed guard, and if even if there’s not, standing distractedly with your back to a glass door, holstered weapon toward the door, is moronic.

We say that having done moronic things on more than one occasion ourselves.

Warning: NSFW imagery and video below (violence).

Hat tip to Michael de Bethencourt of Snub Training.

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There are doubtless other takeaways and lessons to be learned here, whether you’re working security or as a cop or just visiting a convenience store as an armed citizen. Many of those will doubtless come up in the comments.

De Bethencourt originally brought this to our attention with a comment he made on social media.. He sums things up quite succinctly.

“Without second guessing the fellow who was shot, there are two teaching points about this attack: 1) If he’s psychopathic enough to threaten you with the gun, he’s psychopathic enough to use the gun. 2) All guns are always loaded. Never point a gun at anything you are not prepared to kill and/or destroy. Everything the victim needed to know about the shooter is summed up in those two sentences.”

True story. If he’s pointing a gun at you, every action you take should be predicated on the idea that he’s going to kill you with it.

Please weigh in if you’d like to, but do us a solid and keep it confined to intelligent commentary. Reminders writ in blood deserve better than desultory discussion or fuckery.

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If you’re not familiar with de Bethencourt or his work, you should make some changes. He’s as knowledgeable and well-spoken as he is eccentric and idiosyncratic; imagine if you will a wry, experience-leavened mélange of Seth Bullock, Mel Brooks, and either Statler or Waldorf. A longtime LEO, de Bethancourt is fast, accurate, and both technically and tactically proficient. He is faster with wheelgun than many professionals we know with semi-autos, has a caustic wit, great taste in hats and suffers from a “…slightly skewed and/or possibly inappropriate sense of the incongruous.” In short, he fits in perfectly around this place. He teaches weapon retention, knife skills, and defensive tactics based on decades of experience and study, and is a nationally recognized SME. Find his website here or follow his Facebook page here. If you’re interested in the snub revolver monograph he wrote, you can order that here.

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8 Comments

  1. Ok, I have a few observations about this video…
    First, there is an unusual 2 second time stamp jump at 23:21:58 when the shooter just appears at the beginning. Admittedly a possible software flaw, and not unusual on its own, but it led me to dig in and rewatch.
    On rewatching, I notice there is almost no employee reaction to the shooter util the trigger pull. Employee #1 steps backward out of screen, employee #2 just keeps on with business as normal, even closing and reopening the drawer.
    I also find it unusual there is no credit card terminal or forward facing price display at the register area. Ive never seen a convenience store with such a clean counter, free of a credit card slider, box of lighters etc… (notice the carefully leaned toothbrushes on display in the top right of the photo… ever see a convenience store with a display that carefully arranged?
    There is also an odd and out of nowhere puff of smoke from the top right side of the screen, originating from behind the counter at 23:22:11. Did employee #1 just take a vape hit or is this a trick of light?
    The photo image shows no blood anywhere but the floor. Not a drop is visible on the light wood table top, chair surface or frame, nothing on the white wall to the shooters left, or even the white nearly ground level display surfaces to the shooters right (victims left). There are also no footprints in the blood from the victim taking a step, no smears from the fall, I would at least expect his arm to have knocked the bag of cotton balls on display off. Nearly all of the blood looks like it was dropped onto the floor from directly above (with some exceptions)

    Ive never face shot anyone with a .357 or even seen the after effects. I mean no disrespect to the author or the victim, but this really feels like a staged or training video in almost every way. If I am wrong, roast me….

    1. I noticed the puff of “smoke” you mention.

      I’m not sure what it is but I figured based on the timing that it was a chunk of the bullet, then dismissed that idea, or that the muzzle blast showed us where the employees missed some dust while cleaning.

  2. Someone made an assessment that an armed encounter was possible if not frequent. Otherwise why would they employed armed security.

    The question then becomes what did the gentleman or his employers do “Left of Bang”?

    Did the environment hardened?
    Did he place himself in a tactically advantageous position?
    Did he have the ability or opportunity to “read” individuals?
    Was he able top
    Was he even in condition yellow?

    When you aren’t prepared and go straight to “right of bang”, your opinions become very limited.

  3. Clearly, this guy was targeted. The shooter stops outside the door, draws a very large and noticeable gun, moves the victim to position where misses and shoot throughs will not endanger anyone else and executes the victim. I suspect the witnesses will only remember the huge gun. The revolver prevents shells from being ejected and left behind. The motorcycle helmet hides the identity and if you told me the shooter got into a car and drove/was driven away I would not be surprised.

    Guessing, I’m not sure that options he had. Could he have jumped the shooter and disarmed him? I noticed the shooter lowered the gun so keep it out of easy grasp as well as kept his distance. The shooter appears to look like he knows what he’s doing, so I’m guessing it’s not his first time. I suspect the victim’s only real option as to bolt down the aisle and hope for misses and a chance to find concealment.

    Clearly the lesson, as all ready pointed out, is be aware of your surroundings

  4. I would agree that the guy was targeted for some reason or another.

    Regardless of the reason behind this attack I would say it’s a cautionary tale for CCW carriers out there. A lot of CCW carriers seem to regard carrying a handgun as the carrying of some sort of magic talisman that will protect them. That is a flat out foolish way to look at things but it is alarmingly common. This guy apparently died basically because he was not paying attention and was standing somewhere he shouldn’t have been while being distracted.

    The moral of this sad story is: Pay fucking attention to what’s going on around you. That said, a hitman is a difficult thing to defend against.

  5. Yeah, he shouldn’t have let himself be taken by surprise. But, once he was, I can understand not immediately trying to fight the guy since BG did have the drop on him. Probably hoped he was there to rob. Actually, he probably didn’t have much time to hope or think at all (getting back to that ‘don’t get taken by surprise’ thing).

    Unless this was in Brazil. If you’re in Brazil and someone with a motorcycle helmet is pointing a gun at you, it’s time to do literally anything because otherwise you’re gonna die.

  6. Brutal. Basically ‘hit’ though, right? No attempt to take anything. Just identified a target and killed him. If the victim thought the perp was there to kill, he sure didn’t show it.

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