Customer shoots, kills robber outside Atlanta shop

Customer shoots, kills robber outside Atlanta shop

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Police investigate a fatal shooting at shoe store in Little Five Points early Saturday morning. Police investigate a fatal shooting at shoe store in Little Five Points early Saturday morning.
Surveillance video shows a man running away from a crowd outside a Little Five Points shop on Saturday morning. Surveillance video shows a man running away from a crowd outside a Little Five Points shop on Saturday morning.
Patrons were lined up outside the shop to buy the new $180 sneaker endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James. Patrons were lined up outside the shop to buy the new $180 sneaker endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James.

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say an armed man trying to rob customers outside an Atlanta shoe store was fatally shot by one of the patrons waiting in line to buy sneakers.

A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department told FOX 5 News that the shooting happened Saturday morning in the city's Little Five Points neighborhood, where people lined up outside Wish Clothing to buy new $180 sneakers endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James.

Witnesses told police a man armed with a gun tried to rob people standing outside the store. But one of the customers drew his own handgun and shot the robber. Police say the suspect ran just a few yards before he fell dead.

Atlanta police officer John Chafee says the shooter won't be charged because investigators determined he fired in self-defense.

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