ATLANTA — A man, who tried to rob a group of people waiting in line to buy the new $180 LeBron James sneakers, was shot and killed when one of the customers pulled out a gun, Atlanta police said.
A group of basketball shoe enthusiasts were waiting in line early Saturday morning to be the first to purchase the new sneakers. As the group anticipated the store’s opening and their chance to plunk down their money, a man approached intent on relieving them of their funds.
With gun in hand the man likely thought this would be easy pickings. To his surprise, someone in the assembled congregation pulled out his own weapon and fired first, Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said.
According to Channel 2 Action News, the assailant died and the shooter got back in line after the incident.
Police say they interviewed witnesses and concluded the shooting was an act of self-defense. Police have not charged the shooter.
Witness Taylor White told WSB-TV the bandit should have been wiser.
“I didn’t even expect him to come up here, thinking it was that sweet. Thinking it’s that candy land like that,” White said. “He wanted to pickpocket everybody. But people out here, they weren’t going for none of that.”
The quick draw contest took place in Atlanta’s Little Five Points area.
CNN contributed to this report.