With a rifle, not with a handgun.You've got a 6" width window to take a hostage through a few innocents in front of him at 30 feet.
Can you thread that needle and make the shot? How confident are you that you could make that shot 100% of the time?
Have you ever tried to thread the needle between targets that only leave you that 6" window?
I wouldn't feel confident with a handgun at 30 feet, 18 feet or under is where I train.
Darn good question