The most frequently asked question of me over the many years since I was shot is, "What did it feel like?" The truth is, being shot does not immediately feel like anything. It happens too fast and your system is too shocked to actually feel what has happened. So the truthful answer for me is, "Initially, it didn't feel like anything."
In my case, I did not see the person who shot me before it happened. As a result, I cannot speak to the the fearful expectation immediately before being shot that others felt who were facing the person who shot them.
I can report that being shot was not the most fearful event in my life. On another occasion I was attempting to diffuse a problem situation and a drunken individual opened their door to the extent the chain on the door permitted and rammed a shotgun into my stomach. In the next few seconds about five years of life drained my body. I'm writing this, so you know nothing happened, but that is a far more fearful memory then actually being shot.
I will relate, that after my mind had a better understanding of what had just occurred and all the damage done by the bullet began to send messages to my brain, I can say without hesitation, "It really, really hurt." I looked up as others passed me to say, I've been shot, but I could not see where nor did I know how, but I knew everything in my upper body hurt and eventually, well, enough said.
To state the obvious, eventually, it hurts. So much for obvious answers to stupid questions.