Man Fatally Shot After Trying to Rob People Waiting to Buy New LeBron James Sneakers

Several customers were outside waiting to purhcase the LeBron X Denim sneakers when a man approached them, took out a firearm and attempted to rob them, said Officer John Chafee.

Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 7:50 PM PDT
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A man who tried to rob people waiting outside an Atlanta store waiting to buy the new LeBron James sneakers was fatally shot by one of the customers, police said.

Atlanta police were investigating the early Saturday morning shooting, which occurred at Wish Atlanta, according to NBC affiliate WXIA.

Several customers were outside waiting to purchase the sneakers, called LeBron X Denim, when a man approached them, took out a firearm and attempted to rob them, said Officer John Chafee.

One of the customers took out his own weapon and shot the suspect, authorities said. The customer had the appropriate permit to possess the gun, according to WXIA.

"A number of witnesses were interviewed and this appears to be self defense," Chafee said in a statement.

No charges were immediately filed.

The sneakers cost $180, NBC News reported.

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