A 7-Eleven shopper in Washington State relied on his concealed carry firearm over the weekend to subdue a man who attacked customers and staff with a small ax.
Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, a masked man entered a convenience store in Seattle and “began swinging a hatchet at both the customer and the store clerk,” before attacking the cashier, reports KOMO News.
“We don’t know if the intent was to commit a robbery because the suspect didn’t say anything,” King County Sheriff’s Sergeant Cindi West said.
Luckily, an armed store patron was sitting and having coffee at the exact moment the ax-wielding suspect entered.
The 60-year-old man, who has reportedly visited the store nearly every day for the past 12 years, shot and killed the suspect.
The store clerk, 58, suffered a minor injury to his stomach and is expected to be OK.
“This could have been a lot worse,” Sgt. West told Fox affiliate Q13. “The clerk could be the one laying there dead on the floor right now.”
“We believe had this good Samaritan not acted, we might have a dead clerk on our hands right now,” West stated.