Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

A Big Thank You to a Reluctant Hero. Thank You, Nick Meli, for Saving Lives At The Clackamas Town Center Mall Shooting

Nick Meli, The Good Guy
with the Gun

He is a reluctant hero but I was very proud to have him in studio today for his first long form interview to tell his story about what happened at the Clackamas Town Center shooting. Nick Meli was the good guy with the gun who stopped the bad guy with the gun on December 11th. His story is frightening and told in his humble, halting style it made it that more chilling, frankly. 

Thanks to all of you who called, wrote or tweeted to Nick Meli today. He was touched by those of you who said thank you. If you missed out please add to the few who posted a comment on the Victoria Taft Show facebook page or here.  I’m sure he’ll be checking them.

Our long interview is located in the 1pm and 2pm hours of the show here and here. 

On December 11th, Nick heard gun shots and then took charge, got people to safety, called the cops–911 was busy–after which he realized he was on his own until the troops arrived. He secured his friends, ordered people to safety and then stalked the killer who had, by this time, killed Cindy Yuille and Steven Tyler and wounded a 15 year old girl.


A Grateful Community Says Thanks

Nick says he aimed his Glock 22 at the shooter who noticed him and looked alarmed. He could see under the shooter’s hockey mask that the bad guy was shocked he was there and preparing to engage. As the shooter tried to clear his AR 15, Nick was preparing to take a shot when he saw movement in the Charlotte Russe store behind the shooter. He chose to take cover and reassess the situation because he didn’t want to shoot an innocent. His next move was to go to the Macy’s to see if the shooter would follow him there. Nick says he was positioning himself to kill him if he rounded the corner. It didn’t come to that. The shooter had taken off to a service hallway where he killed himself. 

To Jane, the woman who called near the end of the interview whose daughter was in the Charlotte Russe, well, you made Nick feel that his choice to stand down for a second and reassess was worth it. It was, you see, movement in the Charlotte Russe store that jolted him from tunnel vision and convinced him not to take the shot.

The next shot heard was the one in which the bad guy took his own life. 

Nick is glad he didn’t have to do it. 

Good on you, Nick. You’re a hero. I’m glad we could give you an award and a special gift certificate to enjoy some fabulous pizza at MMA star Chael Sonnen’s Mean Streets Pizza. Wish we could have done more. 

A grateful community should do no less.

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The Man Who Stopped The Clackamas Town Center Shooter On The Victoria Taft Show Today

No one can say for certain what caused the turd to bring an AR 15 to gun down people at Clackamas Town Center, but it’s pretty clear that his decision to hasten his own death was caused by a man who had a gun pointed at him signaling the killing spree was over. The gunman ran and the next shot heard among Christmas shoppers and horrified onlookers was the one he used to kill himself.

Now Nick Meli, the man with the Glock 22 who drew down on the shooter but didn’t take a shot, is talking about the incident. It’s taken him two months to be able to talk about the day that changed his–and many others’ lives. He’s scheduled to come on the show today. Be listening at 1pm.

Cindy Yuille
Steven Forsyth

Despite the Clackamas County Sheriffs Department’s amazing response to the active shooter, officials still have not released the 911 phone calls, investigation details on motive and detailed information about the incident. That silence has gone on too long. It’s time to open up and let all of know what happened that day.

Pictured: Victims of the shooter, Cindy Yuille and Steven Forsyth. May they and their families be at peace.

A compressed version of the police frequency during shooting.
Nick Meli explains why he didn’t take the shot.
Why no media coverage of hero?
People ignore signs designating mall as gun free zone.
Anonymous tries to claim it foreshadowed shooting.

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Did Fire Works Start Crestline School Fire in Vancouver? Remarkable Photos by Q Madp

Children were seen playing with fire works just hours before fire destroyed the Crestline Elementary in Vancouver. Children have the day off today at the school on S.E. Seventh St. in the Fircrest neighborhood in Vancouver, but as for the Principal and district officials, their work is just beginning. They must now find another school to accommodate the 500 students displaced by a raging fire that destroyed their school early Sunday morning. 

How bad was the fire? Look at these photos by Q Madp.



From The Columbian:

Sunday’s fire is believed to be the first catastrophic loss of a school in Evergreen Public Schools’ 67-year history.Third-grade teacher Audrey Christina lives on Southeast 130th Court, just three houses from the school. “Between 8 and 9 (Saturday night), I’m sitting at my computer and heard what I thought were gunshots. … I walked to the end of my street and realized it was fireworks. I couldn’t identify the kids; it looked like there were three or four. I just turned around and walked home.”She said another time, about two years ago, she complained to police about fireworks and got no response. So on Saturday night, “I didn’t bother to call.” [emph mine]

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DEADLINE TODAY: Vancouver Light Rail Opponents Lawyer Up After Latest Petition Fails

Activists in Vancouver have lawyered up to fight a decision tossing petition signatures which disqualified their anti rail measure from the ballot. 


After a pow wow with Washington initiative expert Tim Eyman, the group has hired attorney Stephen Pidgeon who’s already fired off a nasty gram to the Vancouver Mayor and the rest of the Council. He’s given them until close of business today to reinstate the signatures. 

His letter reads in part:

In this case, there are 600+ Vancouver voters whose perfectly valid voter signatures were rejected.  There are as well an unknown number of Vancouver voters whose perfectly valid voter signatures were rejected because of the signature gatherer’s completion of a form.  In both cases, the voters’ signatures are perfectly valid.

            The council may take any position it desires in regard to this initiative.  However, if the council refuses on Monday to allow this initiative to qualify, or to otherwise provide for an initiative on this subject matter, then you can expect litigation and a direct collateral challenge to the code governing initiatives in Vancouver.  All of that time, effort, and expense can easily be avoided with a simple majority vote of the city council on Monday. [emph added]

            The people in Southwest Washington have been repeatedly promised the chance to vote on whether or not they want light rail, and its incumbent debt.  As usual, the failure by elected politicians to keep their promises has prompted Plaintiffs to sponsor and support this citizen initiative.  They were required to submit 5472 valid voter signatures.  They cleared that hurdle.  In fact, plaintiffs submitted more than the required minimum number of valid voter signatures.  Remember, those 600+ signatures that have been disqualified were from Vancouver voters who were properly registered and qualified to sign and vote. 


A legal defense fund has been set up to pay Pidgeon. Here are the deets: 

  Make checks payable to: Legal Defense for Stop Light Rail Initiative (Stephen Pidgeon)
          Mail your most generous contribution to:

          Mail your most generous contribution to:
          Legal Defense for Stop Light Rail Initiative (Stephen Pidgeon)          c/o Debbie Peterson          PO Box 872204          Vancouver, WA 98687

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Man Who Stopped The Clackamas Town Center Shooter On The Victoria Taft Show Today

No one can say for certain what caused the turd to bring an AR 15 to gun down people at Clackamas Town Center, but it’s pretty clear that his decision to hasten his own death was caused by a man who had a gun pointed at him signaling the killing spree was over. The gunman ran and the next shot heard among Christmas shoppers and horrified onlookers was the one he used to kill himself.

Now Nick Meli, the man with the Glock 22 who drew down on the shooter but didn’t take a shot, is talking about the incident. It’s taken him two months to be able to talk about the day that changed his–and many others’ lives. He’s scheduled to come on the show today. Be listening at 1pm.

Cindy Yuille
Steven Forsyth

Despite the Clackamas County Sheriffs Department’s amazing response to the active shooter, officials still have not released the 911 phone calls, investigation details on motive and detailed information about the incident. That silence has gone on too long. It’s time to open up and let all of know what happened that day.

Pictured: Victims of the shooter, Cindy Yuille and Steven Forsyth. May they and their families be at peace.

A compressed version of the police frequency during shooting.
Nick Meli explains why he didn’t take the shot.
Why no media coverage of hero?
People ignore signs designating mall as gun free zone.
Anonymous tries to claim it foreshadowed shooting.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Did Fire Works Start Crestline School Fire in Vancouver? Remarkable Photos by Q Madp

Children were seen playing with fire works just hours before fire destroyed the Crestline Elementary in Vancouver. Children have the day off today at the school on S.E. Seventh St. in the Fircrest neighborhood in Vancouver, but as for the Principal and district officials, their work is just beginning. They must now find another school to accommodate the 500 students displaced by a raging fire that destroyed their school early Sunday morning. 

How bad was the fire? Look at these photos by Q Madp.



From The Columbian:

Sunday’s fire is believed to be the first catastrophic loss of a school in Evergreen Public Schools’ 67-year history.Third-grade teacher Audrey Christina lives on Southeast 130th Court, just three houses from the school. “Between 8 and 9 (Saturday night), I’m sitting at my computer and heard what I thought were gunshots. … I walked to the end of my street and realized it was fireworks. I couldn’t identify the kids; it looked like there were three or four. I just turned around and walked home.”She said another time, about two years ago, she complained to police about fireworks and got no response. So on Saturday night, “I didn’t bother to call.” [emph mine]

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

DEADLINE TODAY: Vancouver Light Rail Opponents Lawyer Up After Latest Petition Fails

Activists in Vancouver have lawyered up to fight a decision tossing petition signatures which disqualified their anti rail measure from the ballot. 


After a pow wow with Washington initiative expert Tim Eyman, the group has hired attorney Stephen Pidgeon who’s already fired off a nasty gram to the Vancouver Mayor and the rest of the Council. He’s given them until close of business today to reinstate the signatures. 

His letter reads in part:

In this case, there are 600+ Vancouver voters whose perfectly valid voter signatures were rejected.  There are as well an unknown number of Vancouver voters whose perfectly valid voter signatures were rejected because of the signature gatherer’s completion of a form.  In both cases, the voters’ signatures are perfectly valid.

            The council may take any position it desires in regard to this initiative.  However, if the council refuses on Monday to allow this initiative to qualify, or to otherwise provide for an initiative on this subject matter, then you can expect litigation and a direct collateral challenge to the code governing initiatives in Vancouver.  All of that time, effort, and expense can easily be avoided with a simple majority vote of the city council on Monday. [emph added]

            The people in Southwest Washington have been repeatedly promised the chance to vote on whether or not they want light rail, and its incumbent debt.  As usual, the failure by elected politicians to keep their promises has prompted Plaintiffs to sponsor and support this citizen initiative.  They were required to submit 5472 valid voter signatures.  They cleared that hurdle.  In fact, plaintiffs submitted more than the required minimum number of valid voter signatures.  Remember, those 600+ signatures that have been disqualified were from Vancouver voters who were properly registered and qualified to sign and vote. 


A legal defense fund has been set up to pay Pidgeon. Here are the deets: 

  Make checks payable to: Legal Defense for Stop Light Rail Initiative (Stephen Pidgeon)
          Mail your most generous contribution to:

          Mail your most generous contribution to:
          Legal Defense for Stop Light Rail Initiative (Stephen Pidgeon)          c/o Debbie Peterson          PO Box 872204          Vancouver, WA 98687

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com