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Clackamas Mall Shooter Was Confonted By Concealed Carrier (Oregon)

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UPDATE: We spoke with Nick, Casey, and Ashley late Sunday and got the entire, amazing story of Nick's actions stopping the gunman in the Clackamas Town Center shooting.

Click here to read the full story of Nick's heroic actions based on first person accounts

On Tuesday night 22-year-old Nick Meli went to the Clackamas Town Center mall with his friends Casey and Ashley as well as Ashley's four month old son***. They were walking through the mall when a masked man, now known to be Jacob Tyler Roberts, opened fire.

Nick's reaction? "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?'". Nick told Casey to get down with the baby and positioned himself behind a pillar in the mall. Oh yeah, Nick is a licensed concealed carrier in Oregon.

When Nick looked around the pillar he drew his concealed handgun. When the shooting suddenly stopped, what we now know was Roberts weapon jamming Nick saw him trying to clear the malfunction, "He was working on his rifle, he kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side", Nick told reporters.

Click here for the amazing full story of Nick's actions that night based on interviews with Nick, Casey, and Ashley

Roberts and Nick clearly saw each other and as Nick lined up the shot, he knew there was a problem, "As I was going down to pull I saw someone in the back of the (shooter) move and I knew if I fired and missed I could hit them".

Unable to safely take the shot without risking innocents (Colonel Jeff Cooper's Firearms Rule #4 for those counting), Nick took cover inside a store. He stands by his choice not to pull the trigger, saying "I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him, I know after he saw me I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself".

That's right... even though Nick never fired a shot, Roberts knew that he was no longer the only armed man in the mall. Roberts retreated into the stairwell, cleared his weapons malfunction and committed suicide rather than continue attacking and killing any more innocent civilians.

There is a famous saying that the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun. On Tuesday night, Nick Meli was that good man with a gun. Even without the shot being fired, he managed to change Jacob Roberts plan and help to save lives.

Let me just say thank you Nick.

UPDATE: We spoke with Nick, Casey, and Ashley late Sunday and got the entire, amazing story of Nick's actions stopping the gunman in the Clackamas Town Center shooting.

Click here to read the Full Story of Nick's heroic actions based on interviews with Nick, Casey, and Ashley


If you're interested in other stories of ordinary citizens using their firearms to defend themselves, their families, and their friends, take a look at our December 2012 Defensive Gun Use Report - release January 5th!

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***UPDATED @ 6:17P.M. Thanks to Casey for clarifying that the child was a friend's child and was a boy rather than a girl
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Posted By: Michael
12/15/12 03:01 PM

Sounds like a good guy. I probably would have fired. No way to know he wasnt gonnna shoot at anymore people, so its a calculated risk to stop the threat entirely. I agree with his decision to not second guess himself though. It isnt a right or wrong thing...just a personal decision.
Posted By: ChelseaLH
12/16/12 02:59 AM

God Bless You. In wake of the craziness this week you are one of the unsung heroes.
Posted By: daustin
12/16/12 05:19 AM

I say you did the right thing by not firing, If your trained right, your alway's taught to look at the back ground before firing...I feel like you did what stopped this bad situition and he put the gun to his self after seeing you carrying.
Posted By: Cori
12/16/12 01:48 PM

I was married to a psycho one-time cop who was a control freak and collected a lot of weapons. You know that saying about when you're trying to leave being the most dangerous. Women should never underestimate that. Women should arm themselves. If I hadn't had a .38 special, I wouldn't be alive today. My Mom taught me how to use guns, and to never pull one unless you mean to use it. But when a man kicks in your door, he's more likely to beat a hasty retreat if confronted with some steel. Besides, they make some very stylish thigh holsters....
Posted By: Michael
12/16/12 01:53 PM

sounds like you got yourself covered Cori. Good deal. We need more women learning how to protect themselves.
Posted By: Jason
12/16/12 03:16 PM

"I was married to a psycho one-time cop who was a control freak and collected a lot of weapons. You know that saying about when you're trying to leave being the most dangerous. Women should never underestimate that. Women should arm themselves. If I hadn't had a .38 special, I wouldn't be alive today. My Mom taught me how to use guns, and to never pull one unless you mean to use it. But when a man kicks in your door, he's more likely to beat a hasty retreat if confronted with some steel. Besides, they make some very stylish thigh holsters.... "

Cori, your story and others like it are very much the reason I have never understood waiting periods. When someone decides to make that move and leave an abusive relationship, they often do not get 3 day, 5 days, or 10 days of notice that their ex is coming back. I'm very happy to hear you made that choice and that you managed to get away. Kudos!

Oh, and feel free to post some pictures of said stylish thigh holsters... for educational purposes of course.
Posted By: caprisunn78
12/16/12 04:26 PM

Thank you, I love to see this. I know this is spilled milk, kudos for having not taken the shot but I wonder what would've happened had he fired at the ceiling..? I fail to see what progress we would have by outlawing weapons. It's reasons like this that make me want to better myself at target practice and have my rights to protect myself. I am a single mother; when I was pregnant my house was vandalized...had I been home when this happened, I don't know what I would've happened.
Posted By: holymoleygone
12/16/12 06:58 PM

I agree with Michael, unless you have been involved in a shooting situation, its wrong to second guess someone. Personally, I have been involved in shooting at a person while performing my duties as a police officer. Fortunately, I shot at his weapon (which sometimes happen your focused on the object of the threat and not the person) and I missed. The result was that Mr. shit bird dropped his weapon like a hot potato and ran like a gazelle! Officer's outside the building caught him and guess what the first thing out of his mouth was, "You shot at me". The stupid burglar never thought of someone shooting at him. These mental giants only think that if they have a gun, everyone will run away or just leave them alone to do their dastardly deeds. Cowards never expect someone to fight back. My advise, "always be prepared to defend yourself and be conscious and alert of your surroundings"! The review of the security camera's will eventually tell us what happened.
Posted By: Michael
12/16/12 07:17 PM

Thats interesting about focusing on the object and shooting the weapon. I can see how that might happen naturally. Scary stuff though. As for the mental giants...I think its probably that some of not most of the armed criminals think they are going to use the threat of the gun over the gun to commit a crime. This means they are not mentally prepared to shoot offensively. CCW carriers and cops are prepared to shoot defensively. Glad the scenario went your way. Point - good guys.
Posted By: DWBoyd
12/18/12 11:40 PM

No teasing about stylish thigh holsters without modeling now. Just kidding. Bravo to you for taking responsibility for your own safety.