Video of WA Convenience Store Gunfight

By Dean Weingarten

Video of WA Convenience Store Gunfight
Video of WA Convenience Store Gunfight
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- On Thursday, 18 February, 2016, a robber and store clerk Seul Lim exchanged shots in Lim's Pacific Quickmart.  The robber is believed to be Tyrone Prophet, Jr.

Prophet is 23, Lim is 30.  Police believe that Prophet may have been involved in a string of armed robberies in the area, one of which involved a shooting of another clerk.

In the shootout, one shot was fired by each of the two participants.  Lim missed and Prophet's shot hit Lim in the abdomen.  A .380 pistol was recovered when Prophet was arrested.  It is likely that the shot by Prophet did not puncture the abdominal wall, as Lim was treated and released from the hospital the same day.

From foxnews.com:

Clerk Seul Lim, 30, and the accused gunman Tyrone Prophet Jr., 23, each got off one shot, authorities told Q13 Fox. His bullet struck Lim in the abdomen. Hers just missed his head.

Prophet is accused of being the masked gunman who walked into Lim’s Pacific Quickmart in Spanaway Thursday afternoon.

In the video, which is just more than 1 minute, a masked gunman demands money from Lim. She surrenders cash from the till and then pulls out of gun hidden near the register when the robber's head is turned.

Link to Video of exchange of shots

There are several lessons to be learned from this shooting.  Notice that the robber has a very difficult time watching all his surroundings.  He is constantly turning and looking, attempting to cover all possible security threats.  This leaves him open to the defensive fire of Lim. (Correction added)  It appears that the robber racks the slide as he comes in the door, indicating some lack of preparation on the robber's part.

The results are illuminating.  Both participants fired one shot.  Even though the robber appeared to be unskilled, he still hit Lim.   Fortunately, the wound does not appear to be life threatening.  Lim's shot is said to have missed the robbers head.  Cover is always worthwhile.  Lim suffered from significant exposure to the robbers fire.  Perhaps a discreet barrier to pistol fire could  be installed in the counter front.  A quarter inch steel plate would stop nearly all pistol and shotgun rounds.  Vests that are resistant to most pistol and shotgun rounds can be had for a few hundred dollars.  They are mildly uncomfortable to wear.  Defensive barriers should be considered as well as defensive arms.

Gunfights are unpredictable things, best avoided if possible.  Even an unskilled robber can wound or kill you. In this case, it was known that recent robberies in the area had resulted in an unprovoked shooting.  Seul Lim made a judgement call.  She showed good tactical sense in waiting for the robber to be distracted. While Lim was wounded, her actions also lead to the arrest.  The robber left his mask at the scene, and did not take any money.

It is wrong to expect victims to win every situation.  They do not have to.  Robbers who attack armed victims face bad odds.  They have to win every time to survive for very long.  This may be one of the reasons that violent crime has dropped precipitously while concealed carry permit numbers have risen explosively.  Violent criminals make up a tiny segment of society.  Remove them from society, and crime rates fall.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 8 thoughts on “Video of WA Convenience Store Gunfight

    1. To bad she missed his head, she could of saved tax payers hundreds of thousand of dollars to keep this scum in prison. Range time is priceless, Missing your target expensive.

    2. 1) Clerk needs to keep her firearm on HER not in a holster on the shelf.

      2) Clerk could have drawn firearm from IWB holster as thief back was turned to her and fired

      3) Laser should be added to the firearm

      4) She could have drawn the firearm and pulled the money bag over the gun and when thief
      moved towards her she could have taken him out

    3. It appeared that he was carrying in his left hand and used his right hand to charge a round into the chamber as he entered. I couldn’t enlarge the video so hard to see.

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