King County Sheriff’s investigators say a man with a hatchet was killed after he tried to attack a 7-Eleven store clerk Sunday morning in White Center.
They say a customer was sitting inside the store drinking coffee around 5:45 a.m. when a man wearing a mask entered the store located near South 110th Avenue and 8th Avenue South.
The man began swinging a hatchet at both the customer and the store clerk, then attacked the clerk.
“We don’t know if the intent was to commit a robbery because the suspect didn’t say anything,” said King County Sheriff Sergeant Cindi West.
The customer pulled out his own gun and shot the man. The man died at the scene.
The store clerk suffered a minor injury to his stomach during the attack but, the owner says he’s doing OK.
Detectives say the customer does have a permit to carry a concealed handgun. [I posit that it wouldn’t have made much difference even if he didn’t have a permit. He might have been cited for carrying illegally but certainly not for shooting the maniac with a hatchet. Technically, I don’t think the customer was carrying “legally” because Southland Corporation, which owns 7-Eleven stores, prohibits customers from carrying into their stores]
“We believe had this Good Samaritan not acted, we might have a dead clerk on our hands right now,” West said.
The case will be forwarded to the King County prosecutor’s office to determine if any charges will be filed.
No charges will be filed. How do I know? Because charges are almost never filed when a citizen with a gun stops an armed robbery or a violent incident that threatens innocent lives. Anyone who stops mayhem and murder is usually a hero in the eyes of everyone. Citizens with guns are the true first responders.
What if the clerk had pulled his own gun to defend himself? Well, then the wise corporate managers of Southland Corporation would have seen that he was fired. He would probably think it better to have saved his life than his job. Fortunately, they can’t fire the Good Samaritan.
Southland Corporation owns 7-Eleven and is notoriously anti-gun. Last I knew their policy prohibits customers from carrying into their stores. Someone should ask them if they would have preferred their clerk be killed.