The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
Sneakers inspired by basketball players have long held a potent allure for fans, and the LeBron X EXT clearly fits that mold.
It doesn’t hurt that James’ team, the Miami Heat, won the National Basketball Association championship Thursday night.
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.
What makes the LeBron X EXT so special?
“It’s the leather and the denim,” the man said. “It’s basically a pair of pants on your foot.”
Newly released security footage shows that the robber was armed as well. When he tried to rip off the waiting patrons, one man pulled a gun. Then, a second man pulls a gun and squeezes off several rounds at the thief, who runs out of the picture.
This unidentified man shot the would-be robber three times while waiting to buy Lebron James new sneakers.
The shooting deterred no one.
By 11:30 a.m., a line of 45 people was waiting for the shoes, the same model worn by the Miami Heat star during his team’s run to the NBA championship. The store released the sneaker at noon Saturday. In two hours, the shoe was sold out.
The would-be thief hassles and tries to rob the shoe patrons, who then open fire. Police say charges will not be filed because the shooting was in self defense.
“He really stood up for all of us,” Taylor White, who waited nearly a week in line, told WSB. “I salute the homie that did that.”
Police said the shooter had a concealed carry permit. The shooting appeared to be in self-defense, police told WSB, and no charges were expected.
Man trying to rob people lined up for new Lebron James sneakers is shot and killed by the very people he tries to hold up. Police say it’s self defense.
“Sound like he brought it on himself,” an unidentified man told the Journal-Constitution of the would-be shooter.