Within five minutes, Owen's team cleared the outer house. More SEALs entered the compound and converged on the first floor of the main building. Inside they found another courier with an assault rifle.
Scott Pelley: Those SEALs were in the process of shooting the second gunman?
Mark Owen: Right.
Scott Pelley: And his wife jumped in front of him?
Mark Owen: All the women on target were very hostile. It's something very different than what we see in Afghanistan or Iraq. You typically don't see the women that are this aggressive and hostile. Even though the females had come out of this building and talked to us, they were still very combative and aggressive and we saw that throughout the entire compound, even all the way up on the third floor.
They secured the ground floor and then the second floor. The team continued to head up these stairs, single file. The first SEAL in line is called the "point man." Owen at this point was right behind him, number two, going up to the third floor. The SEALs had been told they could expect one of Osama bin Laden's sons.
Mark Owen: Guys start making their way up the stairs. And it's quiet. It's pitch black in the house. No lights. All night vision. Get to the second floor. Intel had said, "Hey, we think that Khalid, his son, lives on the second floor."
Scott Pelley: This is Osama bin Laden's son?
Mark Owen: Yeah. The guy in front of me who is point man, he sees the head pop out and disappear really quick around the corner. He's like, "OK, you know, what-- who is it? What do you think?" "Yeah, I don't know." He literally whispers, not amped up, not yelling, not anything. He whispers, "Hey, Khalid. Khalid." He whispers Khalid's name. Doesn't know if it's Khalid or not. Khalid literally looks back around the edge of the hall. And he shoots him. What was Khalid thinking at that time? Look around the corner. Curiosity killed the cat. I guess Khalid too.
It had been 15 minutes since the crash. It was now about 1:15 a.m.
Scott Pelley: Give me a sense of what this scene is like in there? I mean, are these guys yelling and charging up the stairs? Is there a lot of action? How is it unfolding?
Mark Owen: You know, it's not like the movies. Movies make it out to be, you know, loud and crazy and everybody's yelling. It's-- this is what we do. We're really good at it. And so it's quiet and calm, like we've done it a million times before. We have a saying, you know, "Don't run to your death." So nice and slow and we head up the stairs.
Scott Pelley: Khalid is dead on this landing. The point man is stepping past Khalid. And now, you're number two in the stack. You're right behind the point man?
Mark Owen: Yep. I'm kinda trying to look around him. Hear him take a couple shots. Kind of see a head-- somebody disappear back into the room.
Scott Pelley: The point man had seen someone stick his head out a door and shot him just the way he'd shot Khalid.
Mark Owen: Yup.
Scott Pelley: What did you do then?
Mark Owen: Inside the room, I could see a body laying on the ground. Over him was two females, real close to the door. They looked up and saw the point man. He steps into the room, literally rushes the two women, grabs one under each arm, and pushes them back against the far wall. So if they did have a suicide vest on, and they did blow themselves up, that they wouldn't-- that wouldn't affect the rest of the guys.