At State and Wall, three young men walked toward him. He stepped to the left. One of the young men punched him in the head; the two others surrounded him.
The initial attacker punched him again with a closed fist.
Kruse was able to push him back. Then Kruse reached for his waistband. He pointed the gun at them. He didn’t speak.
“I just pulled the gun. They all scattered,” Kruse said in an interview Monday.
Kruse called 911. Then two of the gang returned to the scene to retrieve some sandals and shopping bags they’d dropped. He pulled the gun again—and this time he spoke. “Stand back,” he said, and held them there until two cops arrived.
A lot of people think he should have just gotten beat up and let them have whatever they wanted because it’s less dangerous to do so.