I get all my knowledge of the USA from television, so I know that cowboy dueling is the most important part of USA culture, and that “dueling banjos” are found in Tennessee.
Strangely, an actual gunfight in Tennessee happened WITHOUT any mention of a banjo soundtrack.
This confuses my tremendously erudite, television-based understanding of the USA.
I can only conclude that Nashville is filled with banjo music at all times, and thus the news reports did not mention what must have seemed obvious to Nashville residents.
USA media reported:
An unnamed person inside a Nashville (TN) sneaker shop went John Wick on three armed robbers last after they made the mistake of charging into the store with guns blazing.
A man died after he was injured during a shootout at a Bordeaux shop late Thursday night.
It happened inside retailer Hot Kicks, located in a strip mall at 3101 Clarksville Pike, around 11 p.m.
Metro police told News 2 a group of people were inside the store when at least three armed suspects came in through an unlocked back door and began firing.
One of the people in the store returned fire, while others took off running, according to police.
Metro police said officers found one man near the back door with several gunshot wounds.
None of the customers or staff of the store were injured in the exchange of gunfire. One of the three robbers was found critically injured outside the back door of the shop by police, and died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The other two suspects arrived at TriStar Centennial Medical Center leaking from fresh holes, and one of those two robbers is now in critical condition.
We have to read between the lines on this a little bit since we’re looking at preliminary reports, but what this suggests is pretty amazing.
Our “hero” inside the store did not appear to have any advance warning of an impending armed robbery, and it appears that the first thing anyone knew of it was the three robbers bursting in the back door of the shop with guns blazing.
In any event, the shooter refused to be overwhelmed by the unfolding scenario, armed himself, and proceeded to hit all three robbers and drive then out of the store.
Further, it is typically very rare for a magazine change to occur during a robbery, so he probably managed to hit all three suspects with bullets from a single magazine as everyone else in the store ran for their lives.
I’d be very curious to find out if the citizen-gunfighter in this incident had defensive firearms training under his belt, but we’re very unlikely to obtain than information from the media or the police.
In any event, the shooter here was one very cool customer, and he got the job done thoroughly, and without any of the customers or employees in the store taking so much as a scratch.