Atlanta police still had not released the name Sunday of an armed citizen who shot a would-be robber in Little Five Points on Saturday morning.
The dead man, who also has not been identified, was killed after allegedly trying to rob a group of people waiting in line to buy the new, $180 LeBron James sneakers.
Witnesses told one man in line outside Wish, a clothing and shoe store on Moreland Avenue, pulled out a gun and shot the would-be robber.
The shooter then got back in line, according to Channel 2 Action News.
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.”
Channel 2 reported that a parking lot attendant had warned customers that a man had been attempting to pickpocket people in the area during the past week.
The warning apparently did not dim desire for the Nike LeBron X EXT sneakers, which were released Saturday.
Getting a pair of the coveted sneakers meant getting to Wish early. Police responded to the shooting at 5:30 a.m. — six and a half hours before Wish opened.
By 11:30 a.m., a line 45-people long stretched from Wish’s door down to the sidewalk and almost halfway up the next block.
Some brought chairs to make their wait more comfortable, but police tossed them aside and made the sneaker-hungry customers stand in a single file instead of clustering around the store’s entrance.
“It ain’t that serious,” one woman said as she looked at fellow customers trying to stay as close to the store’s entrance as possible. But she wasn’t giving up her spot in line, either.
Many were aware of the shooting that had taken place a few hours earlier, but they were still answering the sneakers’ siren call.
“Sounds like he brought it on himself,” a man who would not give his name said of the shooting victim.
Wish sold its supply of the Nike LeBron X EXT in less than two hours.