Concealed Carry May have saved lives in the Tacoma Mall shooting
McKown, an assistant manager at Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, pulled a gun on Maldonado outside of the Kits Camera outlet, according to his mother, Patricia Schuman, who said police told her what happened.
Police are unsure whether McKown fired at Maldonado.
McKown almost always carried a gun, his family said, in case he needed to come to someone's aid.
He had been walking through the mall to make a deposit when he met Maldonado.
Maldonado shot McKown probably three times in the side from a distance of 20 feet, severing his bowel and injuring his spinal cord. McKown, who's also a stand-up comic, might never walk again.