According to Atlanta police, a man was shot and killed outside a clothing store while customers waited for the release of Nike's new LeBron X EXT sneakers early Saturday morning. The man was trying to rob a group in line when another man waiting for the sneakers pulled a gun (for which he apparently had a concealed-weapons permit) and shot him. After he was shot, the man "ran just a few yards, then collapsed and died."
According to a nearby parking attendant, a man had been trying to pickpocket people in that area all week, where at least one witness had been waiting for the $180 sneakers since Monday. Police responded to the shooting at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and the sneakers were to go on sale at noon.
Police have not charged anyone and for now consider the shooting to be self-defense. No additional information was being released Sunday morning, said Officer John Chafee, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman.
“He [the shooter] really stood up for all of us,” said Taylor White, who told Channel 2 that he was in line when the shooting happened. “I salute the homie that did that.”
After shooting the would-be robber, the as-yet-unidentified man got back in line.