Sorry for the title being unclear, I couldn’t figure out a better way to word it.
I was talking to someone about the batman shooting. I said that if the people in the theatre were carrying guns, it could have helped the situation, but I also said that the fact that it was a darkened room, full of tear gas and the confusion and panic meant that guns could have made the situation worse. People could have missed the attacker and shoot someone who was innocent. I said this could have caused the situation to escalate, as people could become confused over who is an attacker and who isn’t.
They replied that there has never been situation like that.
I am quite wary of absolute statements as such. I’m trying to google this, but it seems as though I suck at googling.
So I thought I’d ask these two questions here.
Has there ever been cases in which an innocent person accidentally shot by a civilian trying to take down an attacker?
Has there ever been cases in which someone who’s trying to shoot the attacker ever been mistaken for an attacker?