APachon mentioned in a post on the ''maturity'' thread re having more scenarios. It reminded me of this one - which I drew up and posted way way back on another board. Guess it can have another airing.
So - here you have it - it is actually a close rendition of a gas station I use and one day a very suspicious guy was paying at the register - it prompted me to imagine this scene below if things ''went hot''.
What we imagine is - I am browsing the candy and chips - minding my own business. I hear raised voices at register and see a guy threatening the clerk with a handgun. Sorta ''give me the money, or else''. He appears agitated and nervous - making me think he could well shoot the clerk - and he probably is unaware of my presence - my peeking was just over the top of the display so, I am otherwise concealed.
So - do I stay concealed and let things play out? Do I intercede and shout a verbal warning with my gun in hand (tho hidden) - ready to get a fast shot.? Do I ''go for it'' and cap him? I can justifiably (?) consider a risk to self all the while - even tho he has not seen me and so - would feel I was defending clerk and self.
Note, as per sketch - I have already established a safe field of fire from my position - no personnel or apparent hazards beyond BG.
We could actually spice this further - and imagine from the status quo in the sketch - the entrance into the shop by another customer - sufficient we may imagine to accelerate the BG's actions or even make him start shooting - at the guy who just came in. That would for me make it open season on the BG once even one shot fired. You?
Of course - these scenario deals are just thought provokers - no way of predicting anything. See whatcha think folks. (Edit to add ... distance behind BG to door would in fact be considerably more than in pic .... probably 12 feet or more let's say)