A Washington man with a concealed carry permit shot and killed a masked man who was reportedly attacking people with a hatchet at a 7-Eleven.
The incident occurred on March 13. King County Sheriff’s investigators said a masked man walked into a 7-Eleven convenience store and began attacking a customer with a hatchet, Q13 Fox reported.
The masked man then made his way towards the clerk. That’s when a 60-year-old customer pulled out a gun and shot the attacker.
Medics arrived soon after and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. The clerk suffered minor injuries to his stomach.
King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said the customer who shot the suspect had a concealed carry permit and did nothing wrong.
“Fortunately, because of this customer with his weapon, this could have been a lot worse,” West told Q13 Fox. “The clerk could be the one laying there dead on the floor right now.”
The clerk, a 58-year-old man, said the customer is a regular at the store. He was drinking his morning coffee when the suspect walked into the store.
“The customer’s a nice guy,” another employee at the store said. “He’s been coming here for about 12 years. He buys scratch tickets, in the morning time. He buys coffee. He’s a good guy.”
The King County Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death and the suspect’s identity will be released at a later date. He was only described as a man in his 40s.