Police: Man with concealed carry permit stops hatchet attack at 7-Eleven

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WHITE CENTER, Wash. (March 13, 2016) – Police say a man with a concealed carry permit fatally shot a masked attacker wielding a hatched at a convenience store Sunday morning.

According to KCPQ, the King County Sheriff’s Department was called to a 7-Eleven around 5:45 a.m. Police say a masked man entered the store and immediately started swinging a hatchet, first at a customer and then at a store clerk.

At that time, a customer pulled out his pistol and fired it at the attacker. The attacker was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released the suspect’s identity at this time.

The clerk suffered minor injuries to his stomach.

King County Sheriff’s investigators told KCPQ the customer who fired his pistol did nothing wrong, and they are happy he intervened. “Fortunately, because of this customer with his weapon, this could have been a lot worse,” said King. “The clerk could be the one laying there dead on the floor right now.”

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