Mr. Wetzel reached under his counter, pulled out a Kel-Tec semiautomatic and fired two shots into Mr. Crawford’s (Mr. Crawford being the deceased badguy – ed.) chest at point-blank range.
Now, in all actuality this isn’t so much a win for mouseguns as it is a win for initiative. When the clerk plugged the badguy, he was able to retrieve his firearm and open fire because the crook wasn’t really paying attention. Despite the fact (or perhaps because of) that the crook had the drop on Mr. Wetzel, the badguy made the choice to allow the clerk to get his hands under the counter, ostensibly to “get more cigarettes”.
Mr. Wetzel used a mousegun exactly as it was intended: point blank into your assailant’s breadbasket.
From a tactical standpoint, there is one kernel of wisdom I want to focus on. From the clerk’s point of view: If presented with the opportunity, seize the initiative. When the badguy allowed Mr. Wetzel’s hands out of his sight, he lost control of the situation, and in so doing lost the initiative.
Action is faster than reaction – when you have the initiative you force an assailant to react to you, instead of the other way around. The clerk in this case was able to effectively take the initiative away from his attacker, and solve the situation in a timely manner.