COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect inside a Columbia barbershop sparked widespread reaction from WIS viewers this week.
The entire incident was caught on the shop's surveillance cameras. Columbia police say two of the victims shot at the accused robbers, killing one.
This single piece of video has been viewed more than 160 thousand times in a matter of days. And the social media response has been overwhelming. Nearly all of the comments in support of the actions of the victims.
It's important to note that both the victims who opened fire have a concealed weapons permit.
Brian Sweat teaches CWP classes. He says the reaction was textbook perfect.
"He raised his hand, showing that he was not a threat," Sweat said. "He waited for the right time if he would've immediately reached for his gun he possibly would've been taken out. I tell my students the bad guys never make appointments, they will get you when you least expect it."
While the actions of the victims are being praised, there is also a valuable takeaway for all law abiding citizens who see this video.
If you feel the need to arm yourself, make sure you're doing it the right way.
Don't just go out and buy a gun and assume that should you find yourself in a similar situation that you will know what do to.
Get your license, get properly trained and take refresher classes when needed. Make sure you are acting responsibly to not only protect yourself, but save lives as well.
That's my take, what's yours?