Armed Customer Shoots, Stops Hatchet Attack in 7-Eleven

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A customer with a concealed-carry permit shot and killed a man who was allegedly swinging a hatchet at customers and a store clerk in a Seattle-area 7-Eleven.

According to Q13 Fox, the “store clerk says the masked man entered the store and immediately started swinging a hatchet toward a customer — then he turned his sights on the clerk.” The clerk was struck in the stomach — suffering “minor injuries” — before the attack was stopped by an armed customer who shot the suspect.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred around 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

The armed citizen is a described as a “60-year-old Seattle man” who comes into the store daily for coffee and lottery tickets. The 58-year-old clerk describes him as “a regular guy.” King County Sheriff’s Sergeant Cindi West said, “Fortunately, because of this customer with his weapon, this could have been a lot worse. The clerk could be the one laying there dead on the floor right now.”

The only description of the alleged attacker is that he was “in his 40s.”

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