This seems to me like a case where the restaurant owner was paying protection money or something. Maybe they were loan sharks, but whatever it is they shouldn't threaten his life or attack him. In my opinion, the shooting was justified. 220 vs 140? Come on
First shot maybe? Two more with him on the ground, maybe not.
Once the guy is on the ground the threat is gone. At that point the restaurant owner became the aggressor. This is murder, pure and simple.
Bottom line, if he's still moving, he's a threat.
Where does that bit of wisdom come from?
Just because the guy is on the ground doesn't mean he's not a threat anymore. Using the statement "shoot to stop the threat" that so many people use, who knows if the guy was on the ground and made a move for a weapon that he had on him. If so, then shooting to stop the threat would mean a couple more rounds while the guy is on the ground.
The guy was unarmed. No gun. No knife. No nothing.
It's bad juju to shoot guys laying on the ground (who have already been shot). Hell, it's bad strategy to shoot an unarmed person in the first place. See HankT's Postulate of Civilian Self-DefenseÂ© :
It is a bad strategy to shoot an unarmed person.
Here's some information about the deceased. I wish I could have gotten to Yan before he started shooting........
Man shot, killed near Denver's 16th Street Mall was father of three trying to make ends meet, dad says
By Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Posted:10/25/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT
The father of a man gunned down Thursday in a restaurant near the 16th Street Mall said his son had a hardscrabble life trying to provide for three young kids.
Lloyd Running Bear Sr., 72, said Saturday that his son Lloyd Running Bear II had worked alternately as a roofer and a forklift operator and was training to become an electrician.
About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the owner of Chopsticks and Sushi, 40-year- old Yan De Yang, allegedly shot Running Bear II multiple times inside the restaurant at 1630 Welton St., police said.
Running Bear II's father said his son was struck six times.
"This individual decided to unload his gun in my son's body," he said. "I'll bet he wishes he could relive that moment."
Yang is being held in the Denver Jail for investigation of murder.
Police would not say what provoked the shooting. At the time of the incident, police said that the gunfire was preceded by an altercation involving three or four people.
Running Bear Sr. said his son got along with everyone and whenever he met people he could always remember their names.
"I don't believe my son would go in the restaurant and start a fight," he said.
He said his son loved all types of food and was easy to please.
Running Bear Sr. said his son's three children â€” two daughters and Lloyd Running Bear III â€” are left without a father to care for them. He said he didn't have any sympathy for Yang.
"When he gets where he is going it will be very difficult," he said.
Before Thursday, the most recent headline-making shooting near the 16th Street Mall happened on an afternoon in August 2007, when a clerk at a 7-Eleven store on the mall was shot in the head while people crowded the mall after a Colorado Rockies game. The clerk survived.