Or the guy may die from a bee sting.
The point is, my point at least, is that a gun blast, perhaps even a miss, creates a time space. During that time space, you can MOVE, seek cover and concealment, better firing angle, run away etc. The overall goal of any armed encounter is for YOU to become safe. The most ideal way is for you to not become in danger in the first place. Perhaps the "worst" way is for it to end with a dead guy on the ground, you standing over him, in the clear, with a smoking gun. Somewhere between those two extremes are several options.
Winning a gun battle is not about "paying back" the thug who had the nerve to accost you. It's about going home to your family.
Sgt Lumpy - n0eq