I've been thinking about this event after the fact for almost 4 months now, and I figured I'd share my experience and my thoughts.
The day before this past New Year's Eve, my girlfriend and I were in Williamsport, PA spending the weekend at my family's other home. We were in Montoursville playing pool (Monoski's - truly a great place), and afterwards we stopped by Walmart in hopes of picking up a $5 DVD of some old movie to pass the evening. It was about 10:00 PM, or some time late enough that I thought the place would be closed (not sure of their hours).
I parked in a well-lit area that was distant from anything providing concealment or cover for anyone who would try to harm me. The nearest car was over 50 feet away. The parking lot was deserted except around the entrance. We were on my motorcycle, both in full winter body armor. I had my Glock 27 in my right thigh pocket. It was oriented such that I could quickly draw it one-handed.
When checking out, I noticed a guy in the checkout area to our left. He wasn't checking out, just standing there. At the time I figured he was looking at magazines. The only real reason he garnered my attention was because he was the only one in the store who was taller than me. I'm 6'5" and 200, this guy was like 6'7" and 250. I wasn't alarmed, still condition Yellow. Point is that he was unique.
When my girlfriend and I left the cashier, he also moved on. My girlfriend, however, dropped a glove or something that made her stop and walk back. At that time he walked back to the magazine rack and started looking around again. I didn't directly look at him, but I went to condition Orange. Walking out to the lot, he was about 30 feet behind us and quite clearly following us. As soon as we exited the building, I noticed there was a 4-door black pick-up parked right next to the bike. There was no reason to park directly next to my bike as the lot was open, and my bike was a distance from the entrance.
Both my bike and his truck were parked facing North. My bike was on the passenger side (to the East). As I near the truck I notice that there were two people in the truck. One in front passenger side, one in the back passenger side. At this point I'm not 'spooked,' just alert and questioning if this was a threat.
He gets in the truck (driver's side, front), so I start gearing up. He then gets out of the truck and walks around the back of the truck and towards us. What alarms me at this point is that he has just walked out of his way to my girlfriend's back, and to where my back was.
When he is less than 5 feet from my girlfriend, he puts his hand inside his jacket. At that point I take my left arm and put it in front of my girlfriend so she can't walk into a developing line of fire. I then stare him in the eye (the first time I had) and put my right hand into my thigh pocket and grip my Glock. I'm a really nice guy, but I have crazy-eyes. There wasn't a sign of fear or apprehension in them.
I did not draw. He had no confirmation that I had a weapon. He then gave me an angry look and backed away. He did not turn and walk, he walked backward. He kept staring at me as he walked around the truck. He then drove off. We never exchanged words. I made sure that I didn't tunnel-vision onto him -- I looked at each passenger. They were both looking directly at me. Luckily I was at a favorable angle such that only the one in the back could have shot at me. (Still not ideal, I will freely admit.) I did not like this position, but my body language definitely sent the message that I wasn't easy pray.
They then drove off. My girlfriend asked me, "What just happened?" I told her we were going to get out of there and de-brief back at my place. I left in a different direction.
After action thoughts:
I have zero doubt that these men meant us harm. I am not sure what they would have wanted, but I do not doubt their negative intentions. Proof from: 1) where they parked 2) us being followed, and the guy pausing when my girlfriend unexpectedly slowed us down 3) the driver walking around the vehicle to our backsides 4) the actions of the driver when we locked eyes 5) the expressions of the passengers.
My girlfriend agrees with my analysis 100%. She was pro-carry before, now she is even more so.
I think in retrospect I should have just walked back into the store and not kept going towards my bike. That was dumb. Like seriously dumb.
I also think that I should have tried to warn my girlfriend regarding the developing situation. She had her ear-buds in, but I still should have tried to inform her.
So: Any thoughts from the masses?