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Mall Rampage Victim Drew Gun Before Being Shot

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jsalcedo, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Well-Known Member


    Mall Rampage Victim Drew Gun Before Being Shot

    POSTED: 6:51 am EST November 23, 2005

    TACOMA, Wash. -- Parents of the man most seriously wounded in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall said Tuesday that he drew a pistol and confronted the gunman before being shot.

    Brendan "Dan" McKown, 38, was hit twice in the abdomen on Sunday, when a gunman opened fire on crowds in the Tacoma Mall.

    Doctors at Tacoma General Hospital believe McKown may have suffered permanent paralysis because of spinal damage, hospital spokesman Todd Kelley said.

    Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said detectives don't know if McKown simply brandished his handgun to show the gunman he was armed, or if he was preparing to fire the weapon. Witnesses told the family McKown was shot after he pulled the gun.

    Roger McKown, 63, of Yelm, called his son a hero and said he has been licensed to carry a firearm for years.

    "Dan has been one that always believes in protecting other people, and he put his life on the line for other people," he said at a hospital news conference.

    The younger McKown has undergone two surgeries and remains on a respirator, the hospital said. He also suffered a superficial gunshot wound to the right elbow.

    Dominick Sergio Maldonado, 20, of Tacoma, pleaded not guilty on Monday to assault, kidnapping and firearms charges for Sunday's shooting. He was held by Pierce County authorities on $2 million bail.

    Authorities said Maldonado marched down a mall corridor, firing from an assault rifle and semiautomatic machine pistol before ducking into a store and taking several hostages.

    Police said they received a call from Maldonado's cell phone seconds earlier. The caller told a dispatcher that he planned to start shooting, and said to find him, police should "just follow the screams."

    Fulghum said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was helping detectives trace the history of Maldonado's weapons.

    McKown's father and stepmother, Beverly McKown, said Brendan encountered the shooter while delivering a bank deposit from the gift store where he works as assistant manager.

    "He heard the shooting, and before he could ever take a defensive mode or anything, it was right there," Roger McKown said.

    After Brendan McKown was shot, workers from a nearby camera store attended to his wounds as he lay awaiting medical attention for more than an hour, his father said.

    Doctors will now try to bring McKown out of an induced coma, and may attempt to remove a ventilator Wednesday, the hospital said. McKown's mother, Patricia Marush, remained in her son's hospital room during Tuesday's news conference.

    Five other people have been released after being treated for wounds suffered in the shooting, which broke out about noon Sunday.

    Three hostages in a mall music store spent hours talking with the gunman, who described to them a life of frustration and humiliation.

    One of the hostages, Joe Hudson, told The Seattle Times that Maldonado spoke of suicide attempts and said he had taken methamphetamine before he started shooting.

    Fulghum confirmed that Maldonado demanded to see three police officers from other cities during the hostage negotiations, claiming the officers had humiliated him during a youth summer camp years earlier.

    The hostages said Maldonado eventually broke into tears, dismantling his weapons and handing them over to the hostages.

    Prosecutors said Maldonado was a felon and had a substantial juvenile record, including burglary.
  2. KriegHund

    KriegHund Well-Known Member

    Its a shame he wasnt able to shoot down the criminal. :(
  3. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    Too bad it didn't turn out like this other Tacoma incident: http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=158748&highlight=tacoma+auto+parts

    There, Karl Phillips, the shooter's brother quoted in the article, told me that he [shooter] had fired 9 rounds to slide lock (.45 1911), droped behind cover, reloaded a full mag, and then checked the status of the situation. All shots were COM, but the BG lived. At least one round overpenetrated and broke a window behind the target.

    In the mall . . . well, not so good.
  4. Chipperman

    Chipperman Well-Known Member

    "Maldonado marched down a mall corridor, firing from an assault rifle and semiautomatic machine pistol "

    Where do I get me one of those?

    I hope McKown recovers ok. Too bad he didn't plug the guy.
  5. michakav

    michakav Active Member

    Can someone explain to me what a "semi-automatic machine pistol" is? Would the media have tried to make a brick sound this evil if thats what was used?
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2005
  6. jeanfor

    jeanfor Well-Known Member

    Yes.... But he might have been in an extremely bad position and had very little chance.... But he probably tried. It shows that probably with more people armed this tragedy could have been stopped earlier. This is why CCW is so important.
  7. Old Dog

    Old Dog Well-Known Member

  8. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Well-Known Member

    Hope he makes it ok and too bad he couldn't get the drop on the guy.

    :rolleyes: :cuss:
  9. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    This is a good example to emphasize that CCW is not enough - get the best training you can find. In a situation like that every advantage is important. I wonder if McKown had any training.
  10. Sam

    Sam Well-Known Member

    If he was trained I wish it had been more effective. Bad thing that he was shot and I certainly hope he recovers.

    He has at least the satisfaction of having tried.
    More than most of the miserable excuses for a man that walk the streets.

  11. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I don't know the circumstances-wasn't there, but at least the Man was up and standing when many would'nt have been.
    Best o' luck to him...
  12. Veritas

    Veritas Active Member

    Donations at any Bank of America under "Dan McKown medical fund"

    Dan McKown is a victim of the Tacoma shooting, he is the most seriously injured victim and will likely be paralyzed.

    He had a CCW and confronted the shooter, trying to help others who were being shot.

    This guy sure needs some financial help, he has a long road to recovery -- and a hard transition to make as he adapts to being disabled.

    I'd urge folks to consider dropping $5 or $10 or $20 in the fund for Dan.



    Donations at any Bank of America under "Dan McKown medical fund"

    I recieved the donation instruction from a Komo news 4 broadcast, I have not seen the instruction in a printed article yet.
  13. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    9 shots of 45 ACP hit the target's center of mass, and the target lived?
  14. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

    I'll be sure and save this snippet for the next ".45 will drop 'em for sure" thread that comes along. No handgun round is a 100% stopper, not even the .45ACP.
  15. thereisnospoon

    thereisnospoon Well-Known Member


    As soon as I saw this news story yesterday, I had about a thousand questions, mostly about "wonder what this scenario was?" and "why didn't he seek cover?" and "why didn't he get a shot off?".

    Thne reality kicked in and i realized it was not an IDPA or three gun match and it was real.

    The facts are, if nothing else, this guy drew fire from the BG that was meant for someone else, so he saved someone else from being shot.

    The term "Hero" has been bandied about since 9/11 like a cheerleader on Prom night, but I think it REALLY applies here. NOT just because the guy had a CCW and was carrying, but because when the time came he stuck it out there on the line.

    My prayers and a donation will be headed his way...
  16. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

    http:/olyarms.com for one.
  17. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus


    Have to wonder if McCown issued a verbal command. "Freeze!" or "Drop your weapon!" In this type of situation, it wouldn't seem necessary or prudent. Just draw, aim, fire...and let the police sort out the details.

    Similar situation in the case of the guy who was operating a jewlery store...can't remember the minor details...carrying openly. The BG saw the gun when he cased the place the previous day...walked in and shot him straight away. The gun made him the primary target.
    Best to keep it outta sight until it's time to use it.

    Like a line I heard in a movie.

    "If you have to shoot...Don't talk. Shoot!"
  18. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    According to Farnam, his pistol jammed after the first shot. Reportedly a (badly maintained) CZ.
  19. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I guess that this fact further reinforces the fact that your first shot is the most important one.
  20. SigPacker

    SigPacker Member

    I posted this in another thread...

    There will be a comedy benefit for Brendan McKown on Monday... for those who do not know the story read

    He just came out of a coma but will more than likely be paralyzed from the waist down.

    Where: Area 151 in Tacoma
    When: Monday, November 28th 8pm & 10pm

    Donations can also be made at any Bank of America to the Brendan McKown Fund.

    I dont know the guy but am going to be there!

    Pass this on to any other gun boards!!


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