Two guys were robbed by two thugs, one of which was armed:
Robbery suspect shot by victim, police say
Luckily, "VT" had a way to fight back when the punks opened fire. Judging from the way the story was told, it sounds like the engagement took place at a distance further than bad breath. Remember, practice shooting at distance. I personally have started practicing at 25 yards. You may have to take the shot at that distance and if you can make those kinds of hits at that range, then your chances of stopping someone closer than that are much higher.